Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Oceania was Always at War with Eurasia" of the Day

From a July 21st Associated Press piece:
Congressional Democrats warned President Barack Obama on Tuesday that he sounded too much like George W. Bush when he declared this summer that the White House can ignore legislation he thinks oversteps the Constitution.

In a letter to the president, four senior House members said they were "surprised" and "chagrined" by Obama's statement in June accompanying a war spending bill that he would ignore restrictions placed on aid provided to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Obama said he wouldn't allow the provisions to interfere with his authority as president to conduct foreign policy and negotiate with other governments.

The rebuff was reminiscent of Bush, who issued a record number of "signing statements" while in office. The statements put Congress on notice that the administration didn't feel compelled to comply with provisions of legislation that it felt challenged the president's authority as commander in chief.

Democrats, including Obama, sharply criticized Bush for his reliance on the statements. Obama said he would use them sparingly and only if authorized by the attorney general.

"During the previous administration, all of us were critical of the president's assertion that he could pick and choose which aspects of congressional statutes he was required to enforce," the lawmakers wrote. "We were therefore chagrined to see you appear to express a similar attitude."
(via Don Surber)


Assistant Village Idiot said...

Is this principle, defending their territory, or smelling blood in the water?

Carl said...

Signing statements having been invented by liberal saint FDR, it ain't principle. But it's not blood in the water either--Obama's more communitarian on domestic economic issues than Lenin. It's frustration that governing is more complicated than merely shouting "move on!"