Ghost Of Executive Power Grabs Past
The NY Times reports on Bush's latest executive power grab, a not so subtle, administration-wide extension of a tactic he first tried in February of last year. Back then, Bush appointed a Zampolit ("political officer") to control the message at NASA, and now he's extended this to all the regulatory agencies with one interesting twist: Each new "policy office" will control all guidance provided to industry with the intent that it conform to the President's priorities. In other words, if Bush doesn't like a congressional mandate, he'll have a political appointee in place to see that it's not implemented.
Oddly, this second aspect of the Bush attempt to subvert the legislative process also has a precedent. Bush Senior convened an unconstitutional 'Council on Competitiveness' headed by then Vice President, Dan Quayle, the purpose of which was to evaluate the economic impact of and to decide whether or not to enforce new legislation
So it seems that when the Decision Maker runs out ideas of his own, he's quite willing to use Constitution-busters from administrations past.
He's a spoiled rich kid with an inflated ego who wants to rule the playground. Time to tear his playhouse down. . .
This madman together with a handful of rogues is holding to ransome 300,000,000 people. How can this be?
Once he gets stuck into Iran, we'll all go down the plughole!
As for the link provided by Anonymous, that scares the bejeebers out of me. We should all of course by now expect the administration would have things like that. They're just waiting for the right moment to spring such things on us. I hate to think about how Iran's leaders would react... My guess is that in the face of accusations, they might step up their weapons shipments into Iraq and ramp up the anti-U.S. sentiments in their country. Which is, of course, what Bush wants.
He's spoiling for a fight with just about anyone who doesn't agree with him, or rather, obey him.