Bush’s “Signing Statements”
“Signing Statement” — Hahahahahaha. Talk about a euphemism. If we were talking about any other country, we’d be saying “coup attempt” or “would-be dictator,” not “signing statement.”
Finally, after five years of this shit, Congress will be “looking into” Bush’s
Richard Nixon said “I am not a crook.” Thirty-three years later a Bush spokesman said Bush “isn’t committing acts of civil disobedience.” The more things change…
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter will be conducting the hearings. Specter said Bush’s slippery tactics are “a challenge to the plain language of the Constitution….I’m interested to hear from the administration just what research they’ve done to lead them to the conclusion that they can cherry-pick.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein says these “signing statements” are “a means to undermine and weaken the law.” She said that if Bush wants to block all or part of a bill, he should veto it.
The supposed “protections” written into the Patriot Act, the torture ban that John McCain pushed for, wiretapping restrictions, whistleblower protections — these are just a few of the laws which have been diluted or neutered by one of Bush’s “signing statements.”
Specter isn’t sure what Congress can do against these “signing statements.“ He said “We may figure out a way to tie it to the confirmation process or budgetary matters."
Here and here are two websites which show a complete record of all 750 of Bush’s signing statements. These sites are worth bookmarking for future reference. Know Your Enemy. Learn from history so you’re not doomed to repeat it.