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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dan Froomkin - Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress

We're going to go out on a Limb, but, 'Dubya' Bush was a Sneaky Bast*rd
Not PC, Re-framed by Pat Darnell | Dec 29, 2012 | Bryan TX
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Dan Froomkin - Bush Thumbs Nose at Congress:
In 2008 the Democrats controlled the House, and 'Dubya' Bush thumbed his nose at them. He conveniently abused his power to ignore certain protocols of legislation that were put in place to balance powers of Houses and Executive, especially in spending for military bases and for declarations of war.
" ... It's about as basic as it gets: Congress has the power of the purse. And Section 1222 of the massive defense appropriation bill enacted this week [Wednesday, January 30, 2008] asserts that power. It reads, in its entirety:

"No funds appropriated pursuant to an authorization of appropriations in this Act may be obligated or expended for a purpose as follows:

"(1) To establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.

"(2) To exercise United States control of the oil resources of Iraq."  ( Dan Froomkin. washington post. Wednesday, January 30, 2008; HERE) ... "
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What Dubya did was to not veto any bills from the Democratic led Congress. He signed all the bills and invited all the authors to a grandiose signing photo op ... then afterwards he made Executive Notes called: "signing statements" on those bills. He did not intend to follow much of those bills. What a ruse, eh?
" ... But it's Bush's cavalier dismissal of the ban on funding for permanent military bases that really speaks volumes -- not just about his view of the role of the legislative branch, but also about his intentions for Iraq. ... " (ibid.)
All we at MooPig Political Round Ball Department can figure is that 'Dubya' Bush wanted it to look like he was actually working, when in fact " ... Calls to several Presidential libraries reveal that President Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was on vacation more — 1,020 days — than any U.S. President since Herbert Hoover and possibly more than any other President in history. (Lauren Victoria Burke. May 08, 2012. HERE)... "

Bush's surreptitious scheme to "quietly assert his right to ignore legislation passed by Congress – including its ban on torture – first came to light in January [2006] due to some aggressive reporting by Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage. (Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | January 4, 2006)"
" ... January 4, 2006

WASHINGTON -- When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief. (ibid.) ... "
CONCLUSION
'Dubya' Bush set precedence that others will surely follow. He was a lazy, anti-democracy, evil-doer, bully, who was raised in Washington, DC environment by his "public servant" dad.

MooPig is sorry that it could not break the codes of the past better while it parlayed through the Bush lame duck years.

We failed you, our faithful reader.
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_______________________Reference
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2008/01/30/BL2008013001912.html
http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=ask_this.view&askthisid=211
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/04/30/bush_challenges_hundreds_of_laws/?page=full
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/01/04/bush_could_bypass_new_torture_ban/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:h.r.4986.enr:
http://politic365.com/2012/05/08/obamas-vacations-of-any-president-bush-racked-up-the-most/
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/01/04/bush_could_bypass_new_torture_ban/
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/signingstatements.php#axzz2GUZbFnfx
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/signingstatements.php#q4
http://www.lazyiguana.org/blog_photos/signing/

3 comments:

syld said...

The facts and references are eye-openers; never agree with getting all involved with wars. Waste all over the place. Good reporting.

MooPig_Wisdom said...

Our own Daddy once said: "War doesn't solve anything!"

syld said...

All "thumbs up" to that, Dad; you've been there. Bush wasted our country; it's only got worse.

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