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April 30, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

SECRECY....Via Andrew Sullivan, Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune writes that Dick Cheney refuses to follow the orders even of his own boss:

A standing executive order, strengthened by President Bush in 2003, requires all agencies and "any other entity within the executive branch" to provide an annual accounting of their classification of documents....Explaining why the vice president has withheld even a tally of his office's secrecy when such offices as the National Security Council routinely report theirs, a spokeswoman said Cheney is "not under any duty" to provide it.

Other executive agencies have complied with the order, but not the OVP. Not only does Cheney think he can ignore congressional legislation, he apparently thinks he can ignore executive orders too.

Read the whole thing for an excellent rundown of the vastly increased secrecy that George Bush has imposed on the federal government since he took office. (Not just since 9/11. Since he took office.) And while you're at it, read today's Boston Globe article about Bush's startling fondness for presidential signing statements that assert his authority to ignore, among other things, "military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, 'whistle-blower' protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research." And remember: these are complaints about laws passed by his own party.

For more on this, including links to some more detailed analysis, check out my post on the topic of the "unitary executive" from last January.

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You don't suppose that Dick's heart disease is a some weird form of instant karma... do you?

Posted by: koreyel on April 30, 2006 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Constitutionaly, Is Bush Dick Cheney's Boss? He can't be fired, he would have to be impeached?

Posted by: VMH on April 30, 2006 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney is correct, inasmuch as the Vice President cannot be fired by the President unlike other cabinet members. Of course the Vice President also has no authority (other than breaking tie votes in the Senate and hunting for ManBearPig) other than that which is actually delegated by the President. All the President could do would be to shut him out, but clearly Bush is not going to do that to Cheney.

Posted by: Ridolph on April 30, 2006 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't it time we faced the fact that Bush considers himself a dictator?

Posted by: Gregory on April 30, 2006 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

And he's planning to prosecute reporters under the espionage laws,

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/30/washington/30leak.html?ei=5090&en=e4229047d20135bd&ex=1304049600&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

Posted by: cld on April 30, 2006 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney also wont follow hunting laws or use common sense. After all, he shot a man hunting while drunk. Cheney is a common criminal, but then, so is Bush. They both desperately need to be impeached.

As far as Bushs signing statements - typical petulant behavior from the most immature president in history. Im surprised he doesnt stomp his feet and threaten to hold his breath when he signs legislation he doesnt like. What a loser. John Dean weighed in on Bushs signing statements a while back. Its definitely worth a read.

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on April 30, 2006 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

"And he's planning to prosecute reporters under the espionage laws..."

Let's be honest.

Cheney and Bush are born of the market place.
They, and their families, have been made rich by the "invisible hand."

In other words they happily ascribe to the ancient adage:

All the market can bear.

And if... the market will bear the jailing of dissenting reporters--- SO BE IT.

And if... the market will bear the launching of illegal wars--- SO BE IT.

And if... the market will bear a passive response to global warming--- SO BE IT.

And if... the market will bear torture of innocent Arabs --- SO BE IT.

I think you get my drift.

Cheney and Bush get away with being evil... because the market will bear it.

And in case you were wondering:

The Market = YOU & YOU & YOU

In other words America: you tolerate Bush.
You are Bush...
And you are Cheney...
And you are all together...

Koo-koo-kochoo...

Posted by: koreyel on April 30, 2006 at 6:38 PM | PERMALINK


KEVIN DRUM: And while you're at it, read today's Boston Globe article about Bush's startling fondness for presidential signing statements that assert his authority to ignore...

That's more easily accomplished when you include the link, which would have been especially courteous since you used the Globe's graph.


Posted by: jayarbee on April 30, 2006 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency nailed it!

Posted by: Apollo 13 on April 30, 2006 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

The Chicago Tribune requires registration; the article is available, via Sullivan's link with no registration, here.

Posted by: has407 on April 30, 2006 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

Again, you don't seem to realize that, during Times of War, Republican Leaders cannot be held to answer to anyone but themselves. As if Rule of Law can hold to anything other than blowjobs!

You would have let the commies overrun the country, just to protect your precious liberal lies! Now you take the terrorists' side against Strong Leader!

Posted by: Freedom Phucker on April 30, 2006 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Is Cheney part of the Executive Branch? His constitutional duty is to preside over the Senate, so presumably the President could kick him out of the White House and tell him to ask Congress for office space. Therefore, Cheney doesn't have to abide by executive orders.

Posted by: Dave on April 30, 2006 at 7:40 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency nailed it!
Posted by: Apollo 13 on April 30, 2006 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

And why not? It's legal in Kentucky!

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on April 30, 2006 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK

LOL at some of the above comments...
Do I dectect some Cheney animosity?

Of course...
You've heard of rogue waves that come out of nowhere and swamp a boat....

And you've heard of rogue Russian Generals with itchy-twitchy trigger fingers...

And you've also heard of rogue Presidents with a predicliction to strange loves and stranger prayers...

Well now...

You've heard of a rogue Vice President with a talent for havoc, and a willingness to point his erect middle finger at anyone who would question him.

Quite frankly... I am starting to LOVE Dick Cheney.

There is something endearing about a guy who consistently tells everyday Americans to "fuck off", "shut up", "sit down", and "stop me if you can you worthless wimp."

Maybe it is the curmudgeon in me...

But I tell you what,
Dick is starting to become my favorite anti-hero.

Cheney: "Go fuck yourself everybody."
Me: "You go big boy. You go Big Time. You go bad."

In other words:

Give 'em hell Dick.
All the market can bear Big Time.
All the market can bear.
Fuck 'em faster Dick.
Fuck 'em faster.

ROFLMAO @ America.

Posted by: koreyel on April 30, 2006 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

I almost died when I saw this Tribune headline on my way home last night. The Tribune has gone out of its way to ignore, downplay and 'splain away Bush administration horrors by burying them on page 16, folding them into slightly related stories (like pork to a bill), or printing stirring, misdirecting editorials about our noble war and Bush's manly resoluteness.

As Richard Thompson might say, Bush can't hide from the turning of the tide.

Posted by: shortstop on April 30, 2006 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

P.S. I do think it's hilarious that Kevin found this through Andrew Sullivan, though!

Posted by: shortstop on April 30, 2006 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

Too little too late for the self-declared modelrates like Kevin Drum to complain about the usurpation of power by the executive. The damage to our republic has already been done, and whether or not we have a dictator now depends entirely on the goodness of the heart of GWB. Not something that the founding fathers envisioned, but if the price of a vital and functioning democracy is eternal vigilence, the press and the media and the american people refused to pay it.

Posted by: lib on April 30, 2006 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

Last night I saw a one-man show in which our protagonist muses on the suicide of his father and the murder of his grandfather by his grandmother. (Yes, I know, but it had some richly comic moments, and most of the rest of it was, surprisingly, worth hearing, too.)

Anyway, in a riff on the inadequacy and banality of his father's suicide note, the guy quotes Abbie Hoffman's own farewell-cruel-world missive in its entirety:

"It's too late. We can't win. They've gotten too powerful."

Hadn't heard that before, but it got my attention. And you better believe there was a collective intake of breath across the room.

Posted by: shortstop on April 30, 2006 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

Unfortunately, this administration is in the habit of wholesale power grabbing whereby they change the rules first and then present the argument to provide the authority for the already existing outcome. When opponents of this administration assert that this backdoor approach is a pattern and practice, in light of numerous examples, it becomes increasingly difficult to ignore their argument. With this constant chiseling away at the delicate yet deliberate balance intended by the founders of our governmental system, one is left in doubt as to either the degree of Constitutional understanding or its disregard driven by the desire to dictate predetermined deviations.

The rationale for any necessary expansion of executive authority is undermined by the means by which this administration proceeds to obtain it. Such practice has the potential to make all future exchanges between the Congress and the President rife with skepticism. For these reasons, this is a failed policy strategy wholly entrenched in the Bush style of act first, defend vigorously, discuss when forced, and lastly compromise and co-opt the solution when defeated. For a President who fashioned himself as a protg of Ronald Reagan, he has ironically become the purveyor of policies that Ronald Reagan characterized as requiring a strategy of trust but verify. Sadly, the cold war that pitted America against the Soviet Union has been replaced by an increasingly divisive internal cold war. History will ultimately determine if the America envisioned by our forefathers prevailed.


read more observations here:

www.thoughttheater.com

Posted by: Daniel DiRito on April 30, 2006 at 9:07 PM | PERMALINK

Unless I'm mistaken, the Bush Dynasty has always believed in a government for the rich and nothing but the rich so help us god.

Cheney was on the VP search committee for GWB before realizing he might as well apply for the job himself.

Cheney crafted a fine energy policy and went to great lengths to conceal who he met with.

Now Americans are waking up to the fact that certain energy giants are recording record profits.

Like I said ....we have a government for the rich and nothing but the rich so help us god.

Democracy in America died in 2000.

God I miss it.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on April 30, 2006 at 9:28 PM | PERMALINK

sees the US as an out of control predatory hegemon reserving for itself alone the right to wage permanent war on the world and justify it under a doctrine of "anticipatory self-defense" or preventive war. The Bush administration claims justified in doing so against any nation it sees as a threat to our national security. It doesn't matter if it is, just that we say it is. Sacred international law, treaties and other standard and accepted norms observed by most other nations are just seen as "quaint (and) out of date" and can be ignored.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12889.htm

If you want to see who wrote this, visit above link.

Prove me wrong about how democracy died in 2000 in the USA!

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on April 30, 2006 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

Okay though - we have to ask the VERY important question:

How can he get away with it?

Answer:
Spineless Dems in congress.

True, they don't have the majority. But what the fuck - is it impossible to stand up for anything if you have a seat in congress, but no majority? Are they utterly impotent? Completely powerless? There's just something wrong with this.

We can't affect the Republicans - but the Dems sure haven't stood up or shown any spine, and democratic voters have to hold them accountable too. Democratic Party voters need Democratic representatives that stand up and fight. Just winning a majority isn't going to win us anything but more pork for their major contributors. We need fighters, not more bloodsuckers.

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on April 30, 2006 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

osama_been_forgotten:"We can't affect the Republicans - but the Dems sure haven't stood up or shown any spine, and democratic voters have to hold them accountable too. Democratic Party voters need Democratic representatives that stand up and fight."

I agree with you, but at the same time, it is hard to overestimate how vicious the Republicans have been the past five years. It's as if all the hatred pent up in the conservative breast had to be spewed forth. Democrats have been very slow to comprehend that the Republicans never wanted to govern, the just wanted the power, the glory and as much loot as they could lay their hands on.

Now we may finally be getting to the point where we can move on from the wounds and insults inflictedon conservatives by Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement.

We hope it isn't too late. They have become very powerful. I just hope that the Diebold machines "problems" have been fixed by November.

Posted by: PTate in MN on May 1, 2006 at 12:05 AM | PERMALINK

PTate,
Back in 2004, I kept saying the Dems should put out bumper stickers reading, "How Bad Does It Have to Get?" I realize the numbers have falledn steadily since then, but that intractible third of the electorate and the majority of news managers seem totally unreachable.

By now, these guys could dress up like Goering and Himmler and shoot puppies on the White House lawn and they would still have their froth-mouthed defenders -- and they would scream at the left for comparing them to Nazis. Maybe when they break down doors to take puppies away from people in Utah and Idaho, we'll hear some sighs of slight discomfort.

Posted by: Kenji on May 1, 2006 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

I like the bumper sticker idea, Kenji. Unfortunately, their relevance continues.

Posted by: shortstop on May 1, 2006 at 1:08 AM | PERMALINK

Kenji,

I also like the bumper sticker idea. It is astonishing that even 32% still approve of the job Bush is doing as president. I wonder if they are even paying attention or just going with the brand name.

...The puppies could be terrorists, after all. They might gnaw Americans. The Democrats don't have any better ideas. The Democrats would just raise taxes. The Democrats kill just as many puppies. *sigh*

Posted by: PTate in MN on May 1, 2006 at 2:10 AM | PERMALINK

Why do you liberals and the liberal-controlled media spend all this time covering our President when he shoots a couple of puppies, while totally ignoring the Islamofascists who are sawing people's heads off? Do you actually think puppies are more important than human beings? Or do you just hate Christianity?

Posted by: brooksfoe on May 1, 2006 at 2:57 AM | PERMALINK

Bush has stated his feelings on democracy
"If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier..Just as long as I'm the dictator."
-Washington,DC
Dec.18, 2000

"There ought to be limits to freedom"
Texas State House
May, 1999

Posted by: Lucy on May 1, 2006 at 4:14 AM | PERMALINK

other than breaking tie votes in the Senate and hunting for ManBearPig


LOL

Posted by: Mach Tuck on May 1, 2006 at 8:17 AM | PERMALINK

Why do you liberals and the liberal-controlled media spend all this time covering our President when he shoots a couple of puppies, while totally ignoring the Islamofascists who are sawing people's heads off? Do you actually think puppies are more important than human beings? Or do you just hate Christianity?
Posted by: brooksfoe on May 1, 2006 at 2:57 AM | PERMALINK

What makes you THINK this is a 'Liberal Only' website?
Do you see a sign somewhere?

Have you Heard me speak of my religion?
[Nope, Prolly Never Will Either=]

Why do you think everyone is a 'liberal' but you?
Odd and Incorrect.
Can you define 'Liberal' and not in the Parroting Punditry of Limbaughs Druggie 'Christian' use of that word?

Then Brooksfoe do us a favor and look at the Progressive agenda of the Robber Baron days. It was to clean up corruption and child labor, the slums left by the robber barons.

Are You Brooks Foe a Good Christian thats a Robber Baron Lover? Do you like Child Labor?
Slums? Do you not want to clean up this Corruption?
Why do you support Corruption?

Posted by: Mach Tuck on May 1, 2006 at 8:24 AM | PERMALINK

85% of America says they are Christian Brooksfoe
That means the rapists are 85% Christian.
That means the Druggies are 85% Christian
That means that 85% of the corrupt Politicians are Christian.
That means 85% of DWI drivers are Christian.
That means about 85% of welfare recipients are Christian.
Brooksfoe your "logic" if it can be called that, is just as hypocritical as your words, and your 'Christian' Cloak. I suggest YOU look long and hard into your OWN YARD before you go diggin off into others, because YOU, and your "Christians" appear to have alot to learn YET.
I suggest YOU get off the Backs of the 'Liberals' and hop your happy ass back to that Hypocritical house of worship of yours, and get Reborn again, because YOU are not MY JUDGE.

AND YE SHALL NOT JUDGE ME.
LEST I JUDGE YE

Posted by: Bush Political SocioPath on May 1, 2006 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

Chill, Mach Tuck/Bush Political SocioPath. brooksfoe was being sarcastic.

Posted by: shortstop on May 1, 2006 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

Link to Boston Globe Story

Here is the link to the Boston Globe story (free registration now required)

Bush challenges hundreds of laws:
President cites powers of his office

Posted by: Catch22 on May 1, 2006 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

*whoof* goes brooksfoe's sarcasm over the heads of audience members!

Posted by: S Ra on May 1, 2006 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Yep and Josh Marshall recently had this photo on his website the other day of Rove in a chair and Bush standing, obviously his Roves beck and call.

Bush isn't really like the Nixon administration, because in the Nixon administration the "groupthink" gather to protect the president, not the vice president are a political guru. Bush tries to protect Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Rove was always standing quitly beside Bush the whole time Patrick Fitzgerald was about possibly indict Rove. Bush was portecting Rove and it's not the other way around.

If it were the Nixon administraion Karl wouldn't be caught dead beside the president. It's like Cheney said the day after 9/11, Bush is just the presidental face.

Posted by: Cheryl on May 1, 2006 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Too much paperwork.

Been there done that. The best way to deal with the monitoring of secret documents is to not have any.

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