Obama issues “signing statement” rejecting budget cuts for “Czars”

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  1. Trajan
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    Trajan conscientia mille testes

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    froom hot air, hot off the press...

    I have to say, of all the Bush policies recycled by Obama, this one’s my favorite just because it’s such a gratuitous offense to his base. You can spin many of the others on expediency grounds — he had to ramp up the drone strikes in Pakistan to crack down on terrorists, he had to keep Gitmo military tribunals going because the Republicans tied his hands — but this one’s pretty much a pure no-apologies betrayal. The bad news: Legally, it’s highly dubious. The good news: It should provoke another classic what-happened-to-the-Barack-I-knew Andrew Sullivan lament.

    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.

    “The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch, and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority,” he wrote. “The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislative efforts that significantly impede the President’s ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”…


    In other words: we know what you wanted that provision to do, but we don’t think it’s constitutional, so we will interpret it differently than the way you meant it.

    Remember, one of the big advantages of using “czars” is that they perform cabinet-type functions without being subjected to cabinet-type confirmation hearings. Which means, in this case, not only is he reserving his right to skirt congressional scrutiny of important appointees, he’s reserving his right to force Congress to pay for it by ignoring their own funding strictures. He’s been using signing statements for a long time now, but I’m not sure there’s ever been an example this egregious.

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    And?
     
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    Shit, you beat me to it.
     
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    You agree with signing statements or not?
     
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    this is heatin right up... i figured
     
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    Signing statements suck. Shrub got flak from those of us on the "other side" when it wasn't really fair because Clinton and other previous Presidents did it, too.

    Of course, Pres. Obama is getting flak over czars when other previous POTUS's also used them.

    So I guess it kinda evens out.
     
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    Hitler did the same thing...no wait...maybe it was Stalin.
     
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    SFC Ollie Still Marching

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    There is little doubt that Bush and Obama are the Czar Kings. Bush caught flack and Obama doesn't give a crap if he catches flack. Both of them are stupid. they have a cabinet that is where they should be getting their advise.

    For the record:

    Bush had 33 Czars in 8 years

    Obama has 37 in only 2 years....

    And all of these guys at $100,000 per year.......
     
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    wheres the outrage? :razz:
     

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