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30th-Apr-2006 02:26 pm
Bush challenges hundreds of laws
President cites powers of his office
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.

(Globe Staff Graphic / Joan McLaughlin)

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30th-Apr-2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he does not need to ''execute" a law he believes is unconstitutional.

He's not a lawyer, nor does he seem to have much of a grasp of anything beyond making sure his buddies and him stay fat on oil profits, so on what does he base his 'beliefs' that any law already enacted is unconstitutional? The Divine Right of the President? Give me a fucking break.

And these polls that give him such a rotten approval rating now; where were all these rocket scientists when the elections were taking place? I mean it was perfectly obvious to some of us that the man was a lying weasel with an ego the size of Jupiter and way too dangerous to give even the smallest amount of power to. To those geniuses that voted for him I say you asked for it so fuck you and your opinions!

Now what the hell are we going to do about it? Agh! ANy mention of the chimperor makes me want to tear at my hair.
1st-May-2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Rarely has someone articulated a response in such a fashion that I have to say I would have written the same exact response word for word.
1st-May-2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! *bows*

Funny, Dubya either makes me fall into incoherent sputtering or else I wax hatefully lyrical. I don't think there is anyone else ever that has gotten under my skin in such a way. I can't listen to him for more than a minute or two whenever he's speechifying because the mere sound of his voice guarantees a rise in my blood pressure.

The icon is not directed at you, but at the chimperor!
30th-Apr-2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm personally loving the fact that he wants to turn his little "wiretapping" thing into "state secrets" to get the case dismissed.

It's just crazy
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