Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Old Man Byrd tells us what's what

I couldn't tell you when was the last time I heard Sen. Robert Byrd say something with which I could agree. Well, I certainly agree with this:

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House "czars" to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions "can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials."

I don't know why Robert Byrd would be suprised that one of his fellow Democrats is acting extra-constitutionally. I mean, Democrats have been pissing on - er, subverting - whole clauses of the U.S. Constitution (see Takings and Commerce and Contracts) for 60+ years. If only Byrd would start writing letters 'bout that ...

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