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That Constitution Thing

On Monday, Bush said he wanted Congress to give him line item veto power. In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled the line item veto to be unconstitutional. Has something changed?


Anonymous said...

Sleep through that constitutional law course?

U. S. constitution, Article V. - Amendment
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

m&m said...

The line item veto would not work, because then congress will just put the wording in their bills "all or nothing". So there's no reason for it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he is getting tired of writing all those "signing statements" that say it doesn't make any difference what is in the bill, it doesn't apply to him.

Anonymous said...

Hey 3:22

I seriously doubt that it will be possible to amend the constitution (with ratification by State legislatures) before Bush's term ends.

But maybe he thinks his new buddies on the court will let him do whatever he wants.

Anonymous said...

i'd sooner give bart simson veto power than W

Anonymous said...


The question posed by Barry was "Has something changed?"

The answer is no.

It would be appropriate for the president to ask Congress for a change in the law.

The implication Barry made was that Bush didn't even understand what congress can do and what it can't.

Anonymous said...

Yes, there was a couple of idiots living in the White House, at least one of which had no self control.