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This general formula had by then become a standard part of Bush’s signing statements, though few noticed. What Bush said about the torture bill was particularly egregious since Vice President Cheney, Bush’s liaison with Congress, had tried to negotiate with the Senate a provision watering down McCain’s amendment, and failed. The Senate passed it by a vote of 90 to 9, and the House endorsed it by a vote of 308 to 122. It had been an open, well-publicized fight and the President lost.
Crackerette, I thought you'd never ask. It is under the authority of his powers as commander in chief that Bush asserted the right to keep nearly five hundred “enemy combatants” in detention in Guantánamo. Bush has also asserted the same authority in dealing with numerous bills passed by Congress, most spectacularly in his treatment of the McCain amendment banning “cruel, inhuman or degraded treatment” of POWs. In his signing statement, Bush said: “The executive branch shall construe [the torture provision] in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch and as Commander in Chief and consistent with the constitutional limitations on the judiciary….”
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Can Obama Be Re-Elected on Broken Promises?

Kered Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 11:47 AM
"Obama should have been put in chains/tried/convicted and hang in the square in front of the Capitol building. I believe only the Creator can do away with Obama and his evil minions and when He is ready for him to go, He will destroy him and his ilk. Obama is the human equivalent of Belial, one of Satans Lieutenants." Standing up for the constitution is honorable, but these comments don't do that.
Here are some more great words from 2006: For five years, Bush has been issuing a series of signing statements which amount to a systematic attempt to take power from the legislative branch. Though Ronald Reagan started issuing signing statements to set forth his own position on a piece of legislation, he did it essentially to guide possible court rulings, and he only occasionally objected to a particular provision of a bill. Though subsequent presidents also issued such statements, they came nowhere near to making the extraordinary claims that Bush has; nor did they make such statements nearly so often. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2006/jun/22/power-grab/?pagination=false
I thought republicans would be happy that President Obama was continuing Bush’s power grabbing. Norquist said, “These are all the powers that you don’t want Hillary Clinton to have.” Dianne Feinstein says, “I think it’s very dangerous because other presidents will come along and this sets a precedent for them.” Therefore, she says, “it’s very important that Congress grapple with and make decisions about what our policies should be on torture, rendition, detainees, and wiretapping lest Bush’s claimed right to set the policies, or his policies themselves, become a precedent for future presidents.”
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Can Obama Be Re-Elected on Broken Promises?

Kered Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 10:43 AM
Wow, there's a lot of hate in these comments. Where's the love? And where's the list of lies from Fox "news?"
OK, how about cigarettes? Do they impair judgement like alcohol, and other narcotics? Yet would you take out restrictions for it?
That comparison is kind of a reach, don't you think? Are you in favor of other Nanny State policies like drug enforcement?
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Jon Stewart's War on Women

Kered Wrote: Jun 15, 2012 8:02 PM
Delta Airlines: also flying above sewer-spewers like fox "news", and their talking-point puppets.
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Jon Stewart's War on Women

Kered Wrote: Jun 15, 2012 7:50 PM
"So why is Stewart hiding his Jewish heritage?" He doesn't hide it at all. He brings up the Jewish culture in almost every show and makes fun of himself with the joke. If you just watch the show, you'll see that he pokes fun at every thing that he thinks is funny--not just Christians. He treats his guests much better than Hannity or O'Reilly ever treated them.
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