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All The Statements that Are Fit to Sign

What irritates me about this story is not so much that Obama has broken another promise—I expect that.  It’s what he’s broken a promise over:

In a statement issued Friday night, President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill – and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.

Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP “riders,” or policy provisions attached to the bill.

One rider – Section 2262—de-funds certain White House adviser positions – or “czars.” The president in his signing statement declares that he will not abide by it.

I don’t know the history enough to know where the Constitution ends up on this.  Congress controls the purse strings, but the President control the executive.  But that’s a fight for the Courts or the floor of Congress.  For the President to essentially line-item veto a provision—and not really for a Constitutional reason—is the sort of thing we used to deservedly bash up Bush for.

And this is what Obama breaks his promise for?  White House czars?  Really?  There’s nothing more objectionable that Congress has done in the last two years that he could have broken that pledge on?  He’ll tolerate the destruction of the DC voucher program, let stand provisions on prisoner treatment, countenance endless encroachments on personal and economic liberty ... but, by gum, he won’t put up them with telling Ron Blum to take a hike.  This time, Congress has gone too far!

Lee’s words are looking more prophetic with each day.  The powers that Bush assumed were not the problem: it was the power he passed on to his successor, power that successor is more than eager to embrace.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/19/11 at 11:14 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • Permalink

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