Friday, January 5, 2007

More Bush Power Grabs Uncovered

There are a couple of troubling stories getting somewhat buried in the press with all the changes going on in Congress. These stories show a White House that not only tries to claim powers that would make a dictator blush but also doing so in sneaky slimy ways that should outrage anyone who cares about this country. History will judge George W. Bush as the most incompetent Presidents of all time. They should also put him in the category as President most disdainful of the people he is supposed to serve.

White House visitor records closed
The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public. The Bush administration didn't reveal the existence of the memorandum of understanding until last fall. The White House is using it to deal with a legal problem on a separate front, a ruling by a federal judge ordering the production of Secret Service logs identifying visitors to the office of Dick Cheney.

If you read the above story you will find mentioned how the visitors logs were demanded and received by these right wingers during the Clinton years. Part of the "Two Americas" we find our self in. One for Republicans and one for the rest of us. Which side do you want to be on? This next story (below) came out a couple days ago. Seems another one of his secret signing statements allow him to open up your mail. If the President is so sure that these huge power grabs are so necessary why does he do it so secretively? To me it simple shows that he doesn't care what the American people think, what the law says or anything else. He is the decider and whatever he wants to do he will do. It is not partisan to say that this man goes against everything that American stands for.

Bush quietly authorizes opening of Americans' mail
President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the New York Daily News has learned. The president asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions.That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it.

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