6.27.2006

Only Trust him, Only Trust him, Only Trust him Now

"A bill becomes the rule of the land when Congress passes it and the president signs it into law, right? "Not necessarily, according to the White House. A law is not binding when a president issues a separate statement saying he reserves the right to revise, interpret or disregard it on national security and constitutional grounds. "That's the argument a Bush administration official is expected to make Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who has demanded a hearing on a practice he considers an example of the administration's abuse of power." (Story) We live in Bizarro world. But at least we now know what we all suspected: This Administration does whatever it wants, whenever it wants.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the story:

"But Specter and his allies maintain that Bush is doing an end-run around the veto process. In his presidency's sixth year, Bush has yet to issue a single veto that could be overridden with a two-thirds majority in each house.

Instead, he has issued hundreds of signing statements invoking his right to interpret or ignore laws on everything from whistleblower protections to how Congress oversees the Patriot Act."

What ever happened to the veto??? This president doesn't bother. Congress needs to come home and let Bush and company run the show.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Republican, and even I'm thinking--Huh?

Anonymous said...

President Bush and Enron's Lay and Skilling are of the same fabric. They have become so caught up in their lies and deceit that they are no longer able to see wrong from right. They all continue to surround themselves with spineless, yes men who use loop holes in laws to that shelter their crimes. In the end, regardless of the political and legal maneuvers, it comes down to the fact that they are spoiled, rich, baby boomers that don't believe the laws of the land were intended for them. They believe they are far to righteous to need legal limits.

Anonymous said...

Apparently this has been going on for a long time. Andrew Jackson? So, let's complain about them all. Not just Bush, but let's get busy after whatever FDR might have done after the U.S. was attacked by the Japanese; let's investigate any mishandling of executive privelege that was undertaken during the depth of the depression. Did Lincoln do any of this?

Anonymous said...

Come on 9:47...you know that just cause so and so may have done it doesn't make it legal...or right. So let's just start expecting our President to do the right thing and hold him accountable when he doesn't. You sound like a child making excuses, well if Jackson did it then he can too!

Anonymous said...

I think the point that 9:47 was making is that this isn't something that President Bush cam up with. Don't just blame Bush, this has been going on for a long time. Republican or Democrat, they all have been guilty.

Anonymous said...

How is that different from an executive order?

How many members of congress were consulted before these were issued?

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/clinton-subjects.html

I guess it depends on what the definition of is is.

goober said...

NO one has done it 750 times in 1&1/2 administrations in the history of this country. This guy takes "crook" to a new level. Nixon must be spinning in his grave. And wait until he leaves office. It will be like the flow of information released when the Master Controler was eliminated in the movie "TRON". Oh, and ReaganRip, don't even start. That CROOK should have had his ass thrown in the can alongside the rest of them. You talk about Clinton etaland their last minute pardons, they can't hold a candle to what Nixon, Ford, Reagan etal pardoned!

Reagan RIP said...

Go through my previous posts and I think you will never find where I said anything about BJ's last minute pardons. But since you bring it up, I think you and I had to pay our taxes but Marc Rich got off having to pay 48 million dollars in taxes. That would have gone a long way in paying for a border fence. I love your misquotes though. Very entertaining.

Anonymous said...

As evil as this "signing" practice is, I really don't think Bush is smart enough to have conceived it. This more smacks of Cheney brutishness. It's wrong, and congress should find some backbone and fix it. Maybe if the Democrats win one house this fall some of this will change. I only hope so.