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Bush Challenges Hundreds of Laws
President cites powers of his office

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe | April 30, 2006

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.

Former administration officials contend that just because Bush reserves the right to disobey a law does not mean he is not enforcing it: In many cases, he is simply asserting his belief that a certain requirement encroaches on presidential power.

But with the disclosure of Bush's domestic spying program, in which he ignored a law requiring warrants to tap the phones of Americans, many legal specialists say Bush is hardly reluctant to bypass laws he believes he has the constitutional authority to override.

Far more than any predecessor, Bush has been aggressive about declaring his right to ignore vast swaths of laws -- many of which he says infringe on power he ....

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When is congress going to stand up to this administration. By use of the "signing statements" the executive branch [other presidents have used it too, but none to the extent nor in the same manner as this administration] is saying telling america "congress can pass whatever law you want. F---- you! I will only enact those that I believe to be consistent with the Constitution. Oh, the Constitution gives that power only to the SCOTUS? Well, F--- them too!"

This administration has rendered the entire congress and judiciary moot. Mad
I actually yelled at the TV while watching the news story yesterday.

Why have I heard NOBODY -- either news media people or politicians -- reminding Bush and the American people that, constitutionally, we can't allow government to violate laws on the grounds that they "won't" use their expanded powers to harm rights, when the whole purpose of limiting their powers is to make it so they CAN'T deprive us of rights. Even the Founders knew that the important thing is to keep them from being ABLE to do things. Being able to rob us of rights, but claiming that they "won't" do so, is dangerously not good enough. Government, no matter how benign, has NEVER deserved the kind of trust that allows them to break the law on the ground that they're doing it for our own good.

Why are those with the power to stop these jackasses being the most cowardly about it?!?
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Originally posted by Vox:
Why are those with the power to stop these jackasses being the most cowardly about it?!?


My theory is that we are evolving into a 2 class society: 1) the Corporate Class 2) everybody else...

The Corporate Class is in fact expanding its rights.

Whose interests do Bush's actions most serve? Everything from tax cuts to the "War on Terror" to the war in Iraq? ... Yep... The Corporate Class.

And those with the power to stop Bush are being paid under the table by the Corporate Class. In fact, MOST of them are members of the Corporate Class. Including most of the media.

This is not just about rights... it's also about the obscene influence that money has on our political system...

IMO all of these issues (of war and peace) are converging.


We are all equal ... but some are more equal than others...
What the general public continue to overlook is that this Country is being run by Criminals. So what the Voters have to decide is, how do they take back control of their government when they have given them control of all branches of government and consequently eliminated all the remedial channels necessary to correct this problem.

These People in Power know that there is nothing anybody can do when they find out their Phone Lines are being monitored and no one knows about it, and just to transfer from one Phone Service to another (if possible) wont solve the problem if most are doing the same thing.

Everybody knows that this is not just about Terrorism, it's mostly political, and it's designed to acquire informations on individuals for use in Political Campaigns. If they can get bad info about a politicial opponent they can leak it to their media outlets.

With them maintaining a Data Base on almost everybody, they will know everything about almost everybody, and they can use it as they will. It ain't about no Terrorist, there aren't that many Terrorist and Terrorist Sympathizers in the World for that type of Data Base.

leart
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When we no longer have a Republican dominated Congress.


You know, that's a bunch of wishful Bull$shit. Congressional Democrats are complicit with this crap through their silence. Mad

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Why are those with the power to stop these jackasses being the most cowardly about it?!?


I can think of three reasons, one more scary than the other. Maybe, those "with the power to stop" these traitors of the Constitution, hope to avoid drawing attention to themselves so that they can continue collecting their congressional salaries long enough to collect their congressional pensions for life (i.e., they don't care); Or maybe, those "with the power to stop" these traitors of the Constitution, are afraid to take a stand in case their objections fail (i.e., they don't want to get involved); or maybe, those "with the power to stop" these traitors of the Constitution, are afraid that their protestations will pull the wool off of this dictatorship by pissing off this cabal to the point where they no longer care about appearences and just suspend the constitution and disband congress (i.e., they have given up).

War ARE in a war after all.
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If you don't have the Votes to do anything, you can talk until you are blue in the face and nothing will happen, so when you see Democrats trying to play a Part in the Movie, they are just posturing because they sure can't do nothing.

leart


Please ... That's just more of that centralist "let's not make too many waves because were going to have to get along with these guys later" Bull$hit. I get so tired/frustrated with folks making excuses for democratic elected officials' impotence. The whole time these elected officials are VOTING to go to war, VOTING expand the [un]patriot acts, VOTING for expanding tax credits, VOTING for the reduction of consumer rights.
Kweli:

I agree with you on how the Democrats are voting, but all they are trying to do is what the Republicans did when they were in the minority, they are all voting to try to be on the right side of an issue, and that is what makes them spineless.

What the voter has to do is start to remove these spineless politicians who don't represent their interest or the interest of the majority of the people.

These Politicians vote with the idea that the voting public will not remember how they voted come election time, so what has to be done is for public interest groups to highlight these politicians voting record at the time they are running for re-election so the voter will know how they voted on major legislation.

leart
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
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When we no longer have a Republican dominated Congress.


You know, that's a bunch of wishful Bull$shit. Congressional Democrats are complicit with this crap through their silence. Mad

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Why are those with the power to stop these jackasses being the most cowardly about it?!?


I can think of three reasons, one more scary than the other. Maybe, those "with the power to stop" these traitors of the Constitution, hope to avoid drawing attention to themselves so that they can continue collecting their congressional salaries long enough to collect their congressional pensions for life (i.e., they don't care); Or maybe, those "with the power to stop" these traitors of the Constitution, are afraid to take a stand in case their objections fail (i.e., they don't want to get involved); or maybe, those "with the power to stop" these traitors of the Constitution, are afraid that their protestations will pull the wool off of this dictatorship by pissing off this cabal to the point where they no longer care about appearences and just suspend the constitution and disband congress (i.e., they have given up).

War ARE in a war after all.


There's also a fourth reason: they're afraid to do something maybe because they government already have dirt on them.

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