Friday, October 06, 2006

More Laws to be Ignored by Emperor George

Aren't you getting a little sick of this? I know you Bush supporters are only too glad to let your representatives pass laws only to have them ignored. Here's 3 dozen more, but I guess that means President Bush groupies can sleep safer tonight knowing Daddy is in charge. If they want to be treated like this I wish they'd just join the Congressional pages and bend over.

AP - President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to
edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys
privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
In the law Bush signed Wednesday, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security department activities that affect privacy, including
complaints. But Bush, in a signing statement attached to the agency's
2007 spending bill, said he will interpret that section "in a manner
consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise
the unitary executive branch."

. . The American Bar Association and members of Congress have said
Bush uses signing statements excessively as a way to expand his power.
The Senate held hearings on the issue in June. At the time, 110
statements challenged about 750 statutes passed by Congress, according
to numbers combined from the White House and the Senate committee. They
include documents revising or disregarding parts of legislation to ban
torture of detainees and to renew the Patriot Act. Privacy advocate Marc
Rotenberg said Bush is trying to subvert lawmakers' ability to
accurately monitor activities of the executive branch of government.

BOSTON GLOBE - Bush's signing statement challenged at least three-dozen
laws specified in the bill. Among those he targeted is a provision that
empowers the FEMA director to tell Congress about the nation's emergency
management needs without White House permission. This law, Bush said,
"purports . . . to limit supervision of an executive branch official in
the provision of advice to the Congress." Despite the law, he said, the
FEMA director would be required to get clearance from the White House
before telling lawmakers anything.


At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, you are looking at this backwards. Congress is trying to pass laws that limit the President's Constitutional authority. It is the President's sworn DUTY to defend and uphold the Constitution. Look at the key phrase of his signing statement:

"The executive branch shall construe section 503(c)(2) in a manner consistent with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. Also, section 503(c)(4) purports to regulate the provision of advice within the executive branch and to limit supervision of an executive branch official in the provision of advice to the Congress. The executive branch shall construe section 503(c)(4) in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to require the opinions of heads of departments and to supervise the unitary executive branch."

In one instance, Congress attempted to define the qualifications from which a pool of inferior FEMA appointments must possess to even be considered by the President. They have no Constitutional authority to do this....NONE. It would merely be struck down by the Supreme Court anyway.

In short, you say Bush is defying Congress, whereas those viewing this with objectivity would say that Congress is defying the Constitution.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

How is President Bush different from a monarch, and do you believe our system is designed for a monarch? He's using this war powers act to usurp power from the other branches, ignoring 750 laws and counting. He claims if it's a matter of national security
he can imprison anyone forever. He has the power to do anything he wants - all he has to say is that he determined our security was at stake. Are you okay with that?
Maybe I should ask what you have on these people that protects you so well? The rest of us don't want to live under this kind of absolute power.
It's not a system of laws, because the war on terror - this endless war - has given the President the right to override them.
Would you give Hillary the right to decide if you lived or died? Maybe your friend Bill Clinton could make the case to her.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the War Powers Act. Congress does not have the authority to pass laws that limit the authority granted to the President under the Constitution. Period.

This isn't a 'power grab' by President Bush. Its a 'power grab' by Congress.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Here’s an interesting comparison.

A guy in Pennsylvania has a long festering grudge, goes nuts and kills innocent schoolgirls. The appointed leader of a superpower has a long term grudge against the guy who tried to kill his father, goes nuts, and starts a war and kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Who is more evil?

And the nut in Pennsylvania didn’t try to destroy his country’s rule of law and its Constitutional rights.

There’s a saying in the business world. If you have to fail, fail big. Does that apply to murder? According to most Republicans, it does.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Butch your assertions that President Bush isn't on a power grab are correct. He's already grabbed the power which explains the 750 laws he's already decided to ignore.

At 11:00 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Here's something from the Post:
"Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chairman of the Senate's Katrina investigation, said its findings showed that the president needs a principal adviser for emergency management, as he has on military matters in the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Congress sets job requirements for officials from the U.S. solicitor general to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she said. They are comparable to the five years of management experience and demonstrated emergency-management skills it mandated for the head of FEMA, she said. The director also should be allowed to make recommendations directly to Congress, she said, authority that the White House rejected."

At 2:51 AM, Blogger Jack Bog said...

"I'm signing this bill, and it means the opposite of what it says." That's what you get when you elect a chimp.

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that Butch picks on the one incident where Congress is presumably overreaching while he ignores the hundreds of times Bush has done it with signing statements.

The only reason Bush is getting away with this is that Congress is controlled by the Republicans. Wait until that shifts in November. Congress will no longer be his lap dog--they're going to start investigations and hearings against Bush. It's going to get beautifully ugly.


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