Monday, December 26, 2005

Bush Shows Long Pattern of Contempt For Rule of Law

George Bush has come under criticism for his failure to follow the law and exceeded the authority granted by Congress in ordering domestic wire taps. This really shouldn't have come as a surprise as such disregard for the law is the norm in this Administration.

We saw this on health care when the Bush administration threatened to fire Richard S. Foster, the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services if he testified before Congress about the true cost of Bush's Medicare prescription drug program.

The manipulation of intelligence presented to Congress leading up to the Iraq war is another example of such disgregard fro Congress and for the law.

Besides such misuse of intelligence, there was another act during the lead up to the war in which the Bush administration broke the law and misled Congress. The Bush administration diverted $700 million appropriated for use in Afghanistan for use to prepare for an invasion of Iraq without informing Congress.

Such a clear pattern of contempt for the law and the authority of the Congress provides examples of what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they included provisions for the impeachment of the President.


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