Awarding Our Leaders And the DICK Goes to


| April 24, 2002


Awarding Our Leaders: And the DICK Goes to..., Heather Wokusch, CommonDreams.org
Inspired by the many scandals and public indiscretions surrounding the Bush administration last year, writer Heather Wokusch felt compelled to award the 'outstanding achievements in the art of duping the masses and using public resources for personal gain.' Named after Vice President Dick Cheney, 'this year's competition was understandably cut-throat, [though] some DICKS clearly stand above the rest.' Nominees vied for the Best Number-Fudging DICK, Best Supporting Domestic DICK, Best Supporting Foreign DICK, Best Profiteering DICK, and the DICK Of The Year. In the online publication CommonDreams, Wokusch awards Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld the Best Number-Fudging DICK. She writes: 'A Committee member has reported that in requesting a $48.1 billion increase to the military budget, Rumsfeld casually admitted that the Pentagon had misplaced $2.3 trillion. . . . Apparently the missing $2.3 trillion is no matter of real concern.' To find out who else won the coveted DICK awards, be sure to check out the rest of her rant.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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