Monday, March 06, 2006

Slipping spending provisions into large bills. Is it me, or does that just sound dirty?


Funerals on webcam. Of course.

Chickens laying eggs on webcam. Of course.

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs the egregious anti-abortion law, saying that “abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society.” Although if he has his way, knocked-up rape victims in South Dakota will be just that little bit more vulnerable and helpless. The legislature is also setting up a legal defense fund, in which private citizens can pay for lawyers to defend this unconstitutional law. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before, but it’s a terrible idea, corrosive of democracy. Wonder if it’s tax-deductible?

Bush proposes to enact a line-item veto by legislation rather than constitutional amendment, which is just as much an unconstitutional violation of separation of powers as it was in 1996. Sez Shrub, “Congress can slip spending provisions into large bills where they never debated and never get discussed.” And if there’s anyone who can focus on details, ask the difficult questions, and resist special interests, it’s... Dubya.

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