Or so he thinks:
Even though he forced Congress to change its original bill, Bushâ€™s signature yesterday came with a little-noticed signing statement, claiming that provisions in the law â€œcould inhibit the Presidentâ€™s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations.â€ CQ reports on the provisions Bush plans to disregard:
One such provision sets up a commission to probe contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another expands protections for whistleblowers who work for government contractors. A third requires that U.S. intelligence agencies promptly respond to congressional requests for documents. And a fourth bars funding for permanent bases in Iraq and for any action that exercises U.S. control over Iraqâ€™s oil money.
In his â€œMemorandum of Justificationâ€ for the waiver, Bush cited his Nov. 26 â€œDeclaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendshipâ€ between Iraq and the United States. This agreement has been aggressively opposed by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress as not only unprecedented, but also potentially unconstitutional because it was enacted without the agreement of the legislation branch.
So little Bushie Boy had a temper tantrum because the elected representatives of the people of the United States of America incongruously assembled passed a law he didn’t like.
So take that, people of the United States of America!
He’s the king. You are forbidden to tell him no.