Monday, May 08, 2006

What rhymes with "presidential signing statements"?

I actually paid attention in high school government class, and I'm pretty sure we never covered the concept of "presidential signing statements." From the Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON -- President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, "whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush's assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty "to take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to "execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional. Rest of article


I guess the Schoolhouse Rocks "How a Bill Becomes a Law" needs a little updating.

4 Comments:

Blogger RADAtheist said...

Can anything stop this man? Kansas redefines science to allow ID, Bush redefines his powers to be above the law of the land... what can we do?

I know Bush and the Republicans are down in the polls, but will people really vote against them next time? I'm not confident we're not in for more of the same.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Sheikh Mahandi said...

Even if people do vote against him/them, you are relying on the Diebold machines to record and report the votes honestly and accurately - good luck with that one.

12:10 PM  
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