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January 30, 2008
He's At It Again

You know. Signing legislation but attaching a Post-It note saying he doesn't actually believe he's bound by the provisions therein.

President Bush yesterday signed the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act after initially rejecting Congress’s first version because it would have allegedly opened the Iraqi government to “expensive lawsuits.”

Even though he forced Congress to change its original bill, Bush’s signature yesterday came with a little-noticed signing statement, claiming that provisions in the law “could inhibit the President’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations.”

This Administration is so--unAmerican.

In explanation, I can't do better than quote another section of the article:

In his “Memorandum of Justification” for the waiver, Bush cited his Nov. 26 “Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship” between Iraq and the United States. This agreement has been aggressively opposed by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress as not only unprecedented, but also potentially unconstitutional because it was enacted without the agreement of the legislation branch.

Granted, as some in the comments to the article point out, it's not like future presidends are bound by Bush's ludicrous behavior, but it's a very bad precedent. And it's a dangerous sign of how certain rightwingnut elements of the Republican party view our entire system of government by checks and balances.


P.S. I am not "back" precisely. Just annoyed this week. :)

Posted by AnneZook at 08:26 AM