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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irMeHmlxE9s>I'm the decider. There really is no difference, because they are following the same playbook.

    • by mwlewis (794711)
      You're right, making personnel decisions is exactly like extra-Constitutional rewriting of legislation.
      • You're right, making personnel decisions is exactly like extra-Constitutional rewriting of legislation.

        You mean like a signing statement [millercenter.org]? Someone from recent memory issued a whole lot of those, and he does not currently live at 1600 Pennsylvania.

        • by mwlewis (794711)

          So you're saying that directly contradicting obvious and unequivocal and uncontroversial things in statutes like dates is the same as interpreting a law based on the Constitution? I admit to not having an encyclopedic knowledge of signing statements, but this is definitely different than my recollection of them. We went from "settled law that cannot be changed!" to "I have a pen!" to "I can do whatever I want!"

          Is your position that Obama is now calling his signature accomplishment unconstitutional? Maybe

          • Is your position that Obama is now calling his signature accomplishment unconstitutional?

            No. And I certainly hope you are not making the mistake of trying to describe me as being in any way a fan of the Health Insurance Industry Bailout Act of 2010.

            Maybe he was paying attention to his lectures on Constitutional law after all!

            More likely he is only doing what he needs to do in order to keep his corporate owners happy. Just like every president before him for a long time - though to a larger degree than any before - he is more concerned with corporate welfare than human well-being. You can call the bailout whatever you want, but in case you were asleep the supreme cou

            • by mwlewis (794711)

              You're not reading (or at least not responding to) what I wrote. Are you dodging the question or can you really not tell the difference between the rule of law and policy preferences? Do you think the law, however you want to characterize it, is the law or not?

              Whatever the Supreme Court upheld, it didn't say the President could rewrite the law by himself. I think that each branch attempting to stay within its Constitutional lanes (e.g., signing statements to that effect) are legitimate and probably neces

              • What is wrong with you people? The man is following orders... He was put there for a purpose, and he is serving that purpose. The law is irrelevant, aside from its facade. The government has been in violation for over 216 years.

                • Chiefly because the people have suffered it.
                  Jury is out on whether the internet will amount to any difference on the matter.
                  I used to be more optimistic.
                  • The internet will have the same effect as the printing press did. Real change, for better or worse, will only happen on an evolutionary/geological/cosmological timescale. Man (including you) is still a slave to biology and physics. Don't put so much faith into his trinkets. You're treating the internet like a golden calf.

                    • You're treating the internet like a golden calf.

                      After I just got done saying

                      Jury is out on whether the internet will amount to any difference on the matter.
                      I used to be more optimistic.

                      Thank you for reading with a shred of comprehension, boss.

    • The Kinks a song for you [youtube.com].
  • What's yer point?

    • I think my point was that, while we thought the rodeo clown stage represented bottoming out, BHO once again proved there is still footroom on the idiocy scale.
      Kind of hard to interpret myself in the midst of my endless verbosity, though.
      • You aren't fooling anyone. If this had been Romney or McCain you would be mocking everybody who complains about them, as you do with with Bush and your idol Reagan (Chauncey Gardner). Your 'endless verbosity' only reflects an obsession over personality, having nothing to do with policy. Your BHO is a good servant. The people that hired him are perfectly pleased. Why oh why do you keep on calling these people incompetent clowns? Their patrons don't feel that way. If they did, he wouldn't be there. You are bl

        • The irony is that I actually argue the precise opposite of your "hero worship" point.
          True, five years ago, I might have been more inclined to give "my team" a pass.
          Then you see noise like the debt ceiling capitulation [theothermccain.com], and realize that you are quite correct: the GOP doesn't care fig #1 about anything other than power.
          • the GOP doesn't care fig #1 about anything other than power.

            Or, why I joined the Tea Party and intend to vote against "Establishment" candidates. That means Dwayne Stovall gets my vote in the US Senate primary, NOT JOHN CORNYN. If there's a run-off (Steve Stockman is also running) I'll be voting for the not-Cornyn option then, too.

            It's why I voted for Senator Ted Cruz -- twice, once in the primary, and again in the run-off, and NOT David Dewhurst. It's why I'll be voting against Dewhurst again, when I
            • Yeah, they went after Walker, failed, and were successful in going after McDonnell, Cuccinelli and Christie, you can bet the Commie missiles will be all after Walker again.
            • Your tea party is financed with 'establishment' money. They will follow orders just like the rest of them. Good luck in your venture :-)

              • If that were true, the IRS would not have been weaponized; we'd have Senator Dewhurst vice Senator Cruz.
                No, you're making an oversimplification here.
                • If that were true, the IRS would not have been weaponized;

                  Such nonsense, you're just mad because some of your good ol' boys got caught in the net. Anyway that story was shown to be false. Nobody was singled out. The IRS was designed as a weapon. All your republican buddies did the same thing with it. And your tea party will also do the same. They follow all the same rules as everybody else. They draw from the same purse. They are under the same gun. They have the same DNA as all of us, and with power, will

                  • Well, you've clearly rationalized the status quo thoroughly. Give me a squeeze when they haul me into Room 101, please.

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