MSM television outlets have been saying that Obama is taking a look at the signing statements and executive orders by Bush during the last nearly eight years.
In 2006 it was reported President Bush quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
"Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone."
Obama in May of this year; "one of the first things I want to do is ensure the constitutionality of all the laws and executive orders passed while Republican President George W. Bush has been in office. Those that don’t pass muster will be overturned." "I would call my attorney general in and review every single executive order issued by George Bush and overturn those laws or executive decisions that I feel violate the constitution”
He should be held to this.
It should be easy. Undo all of them. Start from scratch. Clean slate.
Bush and his handlers interpretation of the Constitution was.......unconstitutional.....in every way.
Congress, being the scared and bought liars that they are, went along and made only token challenges and carries the blame as they passed quite a few unconstitutional laws, many of them without even being read.
The start of the unconstitutional laws began with the Patriot Act on Oct. 26, 2001, ramrodded through Congress with a little help from the anthrax scare. It was all downhill for that "goddamn piece of paper" since.
With a democratic president, house and senate it should be a walk in the park to undo all the attacks on the constitution and the people of this country and the world.
Somehow I'm feeling that this walk in the park will be interrupted by muggers.
Others are not so sure either.
Dictator-elect won't waste time signing executive orders
by Trevor Bothwell, Libertarian Examiner
The next dictator-in-chief.
The issuance of executive orders is not without precedent, of course; for years, U.S. presidents have used them as a way to get around the Constitution. President Bush, lacking no apparent appreciation for irony, disobeyed hundreds of laws during his tenure that conflicted with his own interpretation of the Constitution. He essentially signed every bill that came across his desk, then proceeded to file "signing statements" absolving himself from compliance with laws limiting his authority.
Most middle-schoolers will be able to tell you that the legislature is the government body tasked with making laws. Not so in the age of the ubiquitous executive order, however. Because all of these statements are recorded in the federal register, the president necessarily serves as the ultimate legislator. Some republic.
Shortly President Bush will bequeath the most powerful presidency in the nation's history to Obama, who will use his own presumed dictatorial authority to craft the laws as he sees fit.
Regardless of who sits on the throne, federal power will continue to grow as individual liberty takes a back seat to concentrated state authority.