President Bush 41 epitomized these betrayals when he broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge. He paid the price when he quickly went from high approval ratings as president to someone defeated for reelection by a...
The proper decision should have been to declare it a tax, and return it to congress to be passed as a tax. If it were truly a law that held up to the light of its true intent, it would have then been ammended, and passed into law. In this way, he would not have been "striking it down" but returning it to congress for more work before allowing it to become the law of the land. That is supposed to be the job of the supreme court.
Betrayal is hard to take, whether in our personal lives or in the political life of the nation. Yet there are people in Washington -- too often, Republicans -- who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness.
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