Strange Brouhaha

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Maintain What Now?

Apparently, Emperor Bush now feels the need for a line-item veto. Why? Check out the second paragraph: "to maintain budget discipline."

I think he's a little confused about the definition of the word "maintain."

See, George, in order to maintain something, it has to be there in the first place. Record budget deficits do not, to me, indicate discipline. You jackass.


  • (Savannah) Darling darling *darling.* Emperor Bush's budget is a *paragon* of discipline. He has established one fiscal principle--Give Everything To The Rich And Halliburton--and he has with *great discipline* held to it. Don't you see? He can't let anything screw that up now!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:52 AM  

  • (Fj) - The Governor of Hawaii has line item veto power. Puts WAY too much power in the hands of one person. And all too often the veto is not based on the facts, but on emotion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:55 PM  

  • This is probably supported by the same people who opposed giving Clinton a line-item veto. And didn't the Supreme Court decide it was illegal anyway?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 AM  

  • Actually, Clinton's line-item veto was a part of the Republican plan ("Contract With America") and opposed by Democrats. Which probably means you're right--the same people opposing it now are the ones who opposed it in 1996. :)

    The Court did rule it was unconstitutional, but the article specifically talks about drafting legislation that would get around the objections to the constitutionality of the line-item veto. There's also talk of an amendment to the Constitution.

    The line-item veto is pretty much like any other tool, to be honest with you. It can be dangerous in the wrong hands. The Emperor's hands are the wrong hands.

    By Blogger Robert, at 2:14 PM  

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