Tuesday, May 02, 2006

When Conservatives Attack

Gene HealyEven Bush's natural supporters, the libertarian pod people of the Cato Institute, are now on the attack (via Daily Dish):

Unfortunately, far from defending the Constitution, President Bush has repeatedly sought to strip out the limits the document places on federal power. In its official legal briefs and public actions, the Bush administration has advanced a view of federal power that is astonishingly broad … President Bush's constitutional vision is, in short, sharply at odds with the text, history, and structure of our Constitution, which authorizes a government of limited powers.

And this from the authors of "Arrogance of Power Reborn: The Imperial Presidency and Foreign Policy in the Clinton Years" and "Dereliction of Duty: The Constitutional Record of President Clinton"!

In an early entry for the "hypocrisy of the year" award, Bush proclaimed the theme of "Law Day" as "Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers." You couldn't make it up!

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