The Lady Speaks

What does he think he is? President or King?

George Bush has done it again. Said to the American people, and to the Congress, that he, and only he, is in charge.

Congress may as well disband at this point because George has spoken and said they have no power to enforce any laws they pass. They are nothing more than an extremely large advisory committee – and even that’s in doubt.

From the Boston Globe:

When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act’s expanded police powers.

The bill contained several oversight provisions intended to make sure the FBI did not abuse the special terrrism-related powers to search homes and secretly seize papers. The provisions require Justice Department officials to keep closer track of how often the FBI uses the new powers and in what type of situations. Under the law, the administration would have to provide the information to Congress by certain dates.

[snip]

In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law’s requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would ”impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive’s constitutional duties.”

Bush wrote: ”The executive branch shall construe the provisions . . . that call for furnishing information to entities outside the executive branch . . . in a manner consistent with the president’s constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to withhold information . . . “

The statement represented the latest in a string of high-profile instances in which Bush has cited his constitutional authority to bypass a law.

How can any Republican in Congress continue supporting him? They had a hard enough time getting this re-authorization of the Patriot Act to pass even with the additional safeguards, and now, the President is saying, ‘F**k yourself!’ I’ll do what I want, how I want, when I want, and you can’t do jack to stop me.

Anyone want to place bets on how soon King George declares himself ‘President for Life’? Under the guise of ‘protecting America’, naturally – after some future national crisis.

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March 25, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Cheney, Constitution, Government, Law, Politics

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