Presidential Signing Statements - Incredibly Dangerous Nonsense
"What? Can he do that?" you might ask. Well, no...actually. The Constitution does not grant the president any such power, and yet Bush frequently tries to circumvent Congress' will by adding these statements. Most recently he used this tactic on the McCain anti-torture amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill. No wonder Bush caved and signed the damn thing. He had no intention of complying with it anyway.
I could go on about how dangerous signing statements are, but frankly BHFRIK at Club Lefty attacks the issue and reduces it to a pile of smoking rubble. I highly recommend his post.
"It is the opinion of this Court that should Mr. Bush hold his breath and stamp his feet in a particulary annoying manner, he shall be given what he wants."
Concurring with the majority, and forseeing an obstinate Congress, Justice Scalia added...
"As President, should Mr. Bush cross his fingers behind his back while signing legislation, he shall in no way be obligated to enforce, or be bound by, such law."
So there you go. Nice and legal. Next question?
My pleasure. The importance of the issue can't be understated, and you're more thorough than I could ever be.
Would that this were really the case. I can just imagine Cheney now, "OK Mr. President, now just hold for 3 more minutes."