David Kirkpatrick

March 9, 2009

Obama rolls back Bush’s signing statements

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:11 pm

Slowly, but surely Obama is pruning away the most egregious of Bush 43’s attacks on the U.S. political system. Most recently taking on Bush’s signing statements. All presidents had the power and usage went up dramatically beginning with Reagan, but Bush took this tool to unknown, and ridiculous heights:

But Mr. Bush broke all records, using signing statements to challenge about 1,200 bill sections over his eight years in office — about twice the number challenged by all previous presidents combined, according to data compiled by Christopher Kelley, a political science professor at Miami University in Ohio.

Since most of these were issued to circumvent Congress, and literally the checks and balances built into our system, Obama’s actions are a move back toward sanity and the American way.

From the link:

Calling into question the legitimacy of all the signing statements that former President George W. Bush used to challenge new laws, President Obama on Monday ordered executive officials to consult with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. before relying on any of them to bypass a statute.

But Mr. Obama also signaled that he intends to use signing statements himself if Congress sends him legislation that has provisions he decides are unconstitutional. He pledged to use a modest approach when doing so, but said there was a role for the practice if used appropriately.

“In exercising my responsibility to determine whether a provision of an enrolled bill is unconstitutional, I will act with caution and restraint, based only on interpretations of the Constitution that are well-founded,” Mr. Obama wrote in a memorandum to the heads of all departments and agencies in the executive branch. The document was obtained by The New York Times.

July 28, 2008

You can’t blame Dick Cheney …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:59 pm

… for his high ranking status in both of the administrations over the last fifty years that worked hardest to secure all the power of the land in the executive branch.

He just loves the USA so much he wants it all for himself.

June 21, 2008

Bush 43 regime, meet the bus wheels

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:03 am

You can have any opinion of onetime White House press secretary Scott McClellan you want — disgruntled ex-staffer, shameless opportunist, speaker of truth to power — but one thing is very clear, the Bush 43 regime has no one to blame but itself for any claim to be given some level of traction at this point.

Tales of domestic spying and torture that seemed like incredible smears against an administration fighting an amorphous enemy have turned out to be all too true. As more sordid details about the inner workings of the rotten sausage factory that has been the White House the last seven-plus years, the more any fantastic claim will be taken at face value.

I’m guessing McClellan’s book will just be the tip of the iceberg of administration officials coming clean once Bush is out of office. I expect an ongoing parade of public “confessionals” from insiders with heavy hearts and sullied consciences.

As McClelland put it testifying before Congress this week, the Bush 43 regime is solely to blame for the culture of secrecy and cover-up that let all the dirty details fester away. Something the US system of government by the people, for the people is supposed to prevent. Hopefully we’re already starting the healing process and becoming an America we can all be proud of again. Hopefully Bush 43’s offenses against the United States and the American people will be seen as an anomaly fostered by a cabal of half-mad insiders (read: Cheney, Addington, Yoo, et.al) who twisted a horrible national tragedy in 9/11/01 into an opportunity to seize and wield power our nation simply does not allow to concentrate in one branch of government.

From the link:

If the nation doesn’t trust the Bush White House, it’s the president’s and Dick Cheney’s own fault, Bush’s former spokesman told Congress Friday.

From life-and-death matters on down – the rationale for war, the leaking of classified information, Cheney’s accidental shooting of a friend – the government’s top two leaders undermined their credibility by “packaging” their version of the truth, former press secretary Scott McClellan said.

He described the loss of trust as self-inflicted, telling the House Judiciary Committee that Bush and his administration failed to open up about White House mistakes.