Tuesday, July 11, 2006

American Bar Association's Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements

Nat Hentoff, hardly a flaming lefty as demonstrated by this "Judical Murder" piece on Terri Schiavo that goes after the ACLU with special zeal, got ink in today's Anniston Star for his "In many cases, Bush alone decides what is law" piece. The reporting reveals the ABA will soon release a report on President Bu$h's uncommon reliance on signing statements to essentially up front tell Congress he will interpret laws how he chooses. "I am the decider" indeed!

Revealed initially and then followed up by the reporting of Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe, I am pleased the ABA is doing what the Rubber Stamp Congress has avoided. I guess the GOP can follow the example of Troy King by whining and attacking this organization's "liberal bias" once the report comes out like the AG did with the Alabama death penalty ABA task force. I did note the task force is seemingly made up of serious legal minds yet I'm not sure if the Rubber Stampers care one way or the other.

I can't help but think the ABA will blast Bu$h and Congress for these radical signing statements and the general lack of constitutional balance these last few years. Kudos to The Star for educating our region. Peace ... or War!