Saturday, January 09, 2010

New Obama Tool: Double Secret Signing Statements

How dark can the American governing comedy get? The Obama administration will now can disregard aspects of Congressional bills without noting anything. NYT reported:

The administration has decided that Mr. Obama will sometimes sign bills containing provisions it deems problematic without issuing a signing statement that challenges those sections.

Still, the administration will consider itself free to disregard new laws it considers unconstitutional, especially in cases where it has previously voiced objections elsewhere.

Congress, consider yourself on double secret probation. Cue the Supreme Court, it is no longer needed. The Executive determines constitutionality, contrary to Obama's campaign promises.

It's time for a road trip to a democracy with credible transparency and accountability.

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