Not Fast Enough

We have only a touch over 350 days left before Bush is out of office, and those days can’t fly by fast enough.  One thing I won’t miss much is his penchant for signing statements which renders even a hostile congress virtually impotent.

The latest salvo of signing statements aimed at allowing the Executive to do whatever he pleases, American people be damned, disregards measures in a bill that would prevent the establishment of permanent bases in Iraq, US control of Iraqi oil money, and my personal favorite, accountability of private contractors in Iraq.

Now, Think Progress emphasizes the bases, and I agree, we’ve got no business establishing permanent bases on their land, but my last point hinted at above is the clincher for me.  As if the shenanigans of Blackwater, Haliburton, Custer Battles, and KBR weren’t enough of a signal that perhaps we should make these companies accountable to SOMEBODY, even if it’s only Ted in accounting.

The upside of all this is that there will never again be a January 29th where President Bush is allowed to pull these hijinks.  The downside is that we have to make sure that his successor isn’t of the same vein.

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