Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Lou Dobbs on this President's Signing statements

Here Lou Dobbs joins the conversation about President Bush and signing statements:

Dobbs: Why is the president ignoring our laws?
Bush, feds flout the Constitution by finding ways around laws

By Lou Dobbs

Wednesday, July 26, 2006; Posted: 9:56 a.m. EDT (13:56 GMT)

Lou Dobbs argues that President Bush has been flouting the Constitution by picking and choosing which laws he enforces.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- With upraised right hand and left hand on the Bible, each of our presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush, has solemnly sworn to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution of the United States.

The American Bar Association claims President Bush has violated that oath by issuing hundreds of "signing statements" to disregard selected provisions of the laws that Congress passed and he signed.

A bipartisan, 11-member panel of the ABA found that President Bush is not only disregarding laws but using such signing statements far more than any president in history. In fact, Bush has used signing statements to raise constitutional objections to more than 800 provisions in more than 100 laws. All of the presidents combined before 2001 had issued only 600.

The ABA asserts that signing statements cannot be a substitute for a presidential veto and that such an assertion of presidential power amounts to a line-item veto, which the Supreme Court already has ruled unconstitutional.

The matter will likely be resolved in court. But it stands as a metaphor for a 21st century America that is no longer secure in the claim to be a nation of laws.

President Lincoln devoutly believed that rule of law assured that ours would continue to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Lou Dobbs and I agree on that! See my previous posting below.


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