Monday, June 26, 2006

Law Enacted to Ban Torture (Not really)

Bush ignores laws he inks, vexing Congress

AP - Sen. John McCain thought he had a deal when President Bush, faced with a veto-proof margin in Congress, agreed to sign a bill banning the torture of detainees. Not quite. While Bush signed the new law, he also quietly approved another document: a signing statement reserving his right to ignore the law. McCain was furious, and so were other lawmakers.

Apparently, President Bush doesn't like to pay attention to the Constitution or to Schoolhouse Rock.

I'm sure everyone remembers this Saturday morning classic. Too bad President Bush has added his own addendum.
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The Original Lyrics:

I'm just a bill
Yes, I'm only a bill
And if they vote for me on Capitol Hill
Well, then I'm off to the White House
Where I'll wait in a line
With a lot of other bills
For the president to sign
And if he signs me, then I'll be a law.
How I hope and pray that he will,
But today I am still just a bill.

Boy: You mean even if the whole Congress says you should be a law, the president can still say no?

Bill: Yes, that's called a veto. If the President vetoes me, I have to go back to Congress and they vote on me again, and by that time you're so old...

Boy: By that time it's very unlikely that you'll become a law.It's not easy to become a law, is it?

Bill: No!

But how I hope and I pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill.

Congressman: He signed you, Bill! Now you're a law!

THE BUSH ADDENDUM:

President: Not so fast Bill! I've signed a "signing statement", so now I can get credit for passing you, but still ignore that you exist.

Bill: That's BULLSH--!



I agree, Bill. I agree.

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