Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Slapping Down the Bush Administration?
I've been critical of Barack Obama quite a bit of late, and I've taken some slaps at Hillary Clinton. As an Equal Opportunity Slapper (thanks, Palm Boy), I think it's time to pop the jaws of the Bush Administration for outright arrogance if not malfeasance.
Most by now know of the ongoing controversy over enforcing the United States' borders. Related to all this is the controversy over the alleged NAFTA Supercorridor Highway, which many see as another step to erode national sovereignty and advance globalism. The Bush Administration is all ga-ga over "free trade" and the global model. They want open borders despite most of the country opposing it, and despite a clear mandate from Congress to halt some of these border-eroding schemes. In fact, Congressional leaders recently threatened to hold the Administration in contempt of Congress for refusing to halt some Supercorridor work, even though Congress pulled the purse strings for the project. A lower official in the Department of Transportation was chided for arrogance after she told a Congressional committee that the Administration would pursue the project despite what Congress said. The committee chairmen and congressmen of both parties chided her for the Administration's "arrogance," and warned the official that DOT -- and perhaps she herself -- was potentially in legal jeopardy for such open defiance of the law.
Don't get me wrong. I am in favor of a reasonably strong executive branch. I believe in checks and balances. But it is the duty of the Administration to faithfully execute laws passed by Congress, not to make laws themselves. And this is an issue where the will of the American people is clear. When an Administration of any party thinks it is above both the will of the people, their elected representatives AND the courts, it's time for some kind of corrective action. If it's not stopped now, all it does is lay the groundwork for an even more aggressive executive branch down the road.
Let's speak up while we have the chance.