Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Above the law

'Signing Statements' Study Finds Administration Has Ignored Laws

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 19, 2007; Page A04

President Bush has asserted that he is not necessarily bound by the bills he signs into law, and yesterday a congressional study found multiple examples in which the administration has not complied with the requirements of the new statutes.

The rest is here ...

"Not necessarily bound by the ... law" ? I never thought I would hear these words uttered by the leader of the free world ... the president of a nation that prides itself on being a nation of laws.

... and if Clinton had done the same?

Where is the moral outrage on the right? It seems to me the odds are very good that our next president will be a Democrat. Perhaps it would be wise to consider the consequences when someone on the left gains the virtually unchecked powers accumulated by the "strong president" right. Are those on the right going to like it when the shoe is on the other foot ... or will there be a hasty flip-flop? Will there be calls to reinstate those quaint "checks and balances"? Will there be calls for Congressional oversight? Will there be legislators on the right actually reading the Constitution of the United States of America for the first time?

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