Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Liberal Media Gunning for Bush & Congress

(AP) The top two Associated Press political headlines at the moment are MasterCard worthy, priceless.

Bush Ignores Laws He Inks, Vexing Congress 06/27/2006 13:25:20 EST Congress Questions President Bush's Claims That He Can Ignore Some Laws That He Signs ...

Bush Urges Senate to Pass Line-Item Veto 06/27/2006 12:13:44 EST Bush Urges the Senate to Pass Line-Item Veto, Baits Democrats Who Called for Spending Restraint ...

The first article is about the President's power grab on signing statements. In this practice he attributes his intent to laws passed by Congress. A Senate hearing is exploring this practice, its legality and constitutionality.

In light of this expansion of Executive Power why is Congress even contemplating the second article? Why give the above the law President more authority? It is predictible he will test those limits once they are passed.

As for our elected officials in Washington, they continue to act as if they have never managed a business or household. The House just cut estate taxes as the Pentagon presented a threefold increase in military equipment spending. That line item alone rose to $17 billion.

There is a serious disconnect between Main Street and the two addresses driving U.S. policy on Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House wants to contract all government services possible to the private sector and The Carlyle Group wants to own companies that can deliver. After growing revenues and profits from lucrative government work, The Carlyle Group wants to sell those companies for huge profits and return the proceeds to their mostly Republican investors.

Should the line item veto pass, an instructive exercise will be to examine strikes in light of company investment house ownership. When will our transparent government make such information available?

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