Wednesday, March 15

REPUBLICAN DEFINITION OF OVERSIGHT, CHECKS AND BALANCES: CHANGING THE RULES

Nice shot from the NYT:

The founding fathers understood that there would be times in American history when the country lost confidence in the judgment of the president. Congress and the courts are supposed to fill the gap. But the system of checks and balances is a safety net that doesn't feel particularly sturdy at present. The administration seems determined to cut off legitimate court scrutiny, and the Republicans who dominate the House and Senate generally intervene only to change the rules so Mr. Bush can do whatever he wants. (If the current Congress had been called on to intervene in the case of Mr. Allen, it would probably have tried to legalize shoplifting.)

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Blogger Leslie said...

No, the NYT gives them too much credit. Theyd probably retroactively legalize shoplifting committed by Mr. Allen and other Republicans.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

You mean one of those one-person laws like they passed for Terri Schiavo? They could call it the "Claude Allen Memorial Retail Fraud Exclusion."

4:16 PM  

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