Tuesday, June 19, 2007

King George Decrees

Yesterday's release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study brings into jaw-dropping focus what President Bush meant when he crowned himself "The Decider."

His Dictatorship "decides" just which of the provisions of bills he signs into law he is going to uphold.

The GAO report found "multiple examples in which the administration has not complied with the requirements of the new statutes." WaPo

Instead King George uses, and abuses, the device of "signing statements" to challenge, and ignore, provisions of legislation passed by Congress with which he doesn't agree.

With such highhanded maneuvers he has challenged a federal ban on torture in U. S. military detention facilities, "and as recently as December, he asserted the authority to open U.S. mail without judicial warrants in a signing statement attached to a postal reform bill."

Maybe the most devious non-compliance, since it touches on public outrage over border security, was over a provision where Congress directed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to relocate its checkpoints around Tucson every seven days to improve efforts to combat illegal immigration.

Instead of following the prescribed law, the agency periodically shut down its checkpoints for short periods of time.... they said that was their understanding of the provision.... a great nose-thumbing at the law by el Presidente Bush's enforcers, Homeland Security and Attorney General Gonzales.

Just what does a signing statement do? It asserts the president's understanding of how the law should be executed.... King George waving his imperial scepter.... thus negating the crucial balance of power safeguards between the branches of government.

Hopefully the Democratically led Congress will use the nonpartisan GAO report as a basis for legal action against the White House.

But then, how will that work? If the matter makes it to the Supreme Court, King George's minions there will likely uphold his rule.

Fellow Bushwacked citizens..... the United States is in trouble.... very big trouble.


Anonymous said...

This is one reason we need Ron Paul for President in 2008. He is the only presidential candidate who has signed a pledge not to do these kinds of things.

Disaffected conservatives set a litmus test for '08

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