My Fox column…

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

…this week is on Gene Healy’s book, The Cult of the Presidency.

Which you can buy here.

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9 Responses to “My Fox column…”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    If the question is question whether the next president will roll back the power grabs made by the Bush administration…

    The answer for Obama is no.

    The answer for McCain is hell no.

    Hillary is out of the picture and will eventually be found the wandering around in ragged clothes digging through dumpsters unable to remember who she is, until Bill finds her and says, “It’s ok, Honey. You gave it your best shot. It’s time to come home now.”

  2. #2 |  Edintally | 

    Good column.

    You mentioned “expectations” from the President before [from voters] and hypothesized that Washington would have found the notion of citizens asking for assistance, strange. It seems to ring true. The only thing I would add is that I don’t know of any instance where you get something for nothing.

    What I mean is, since we pay federal taxes it would seem understandable that we would expect something in return? I’m not condoning the relationship, merely trying to understand why it functions the way it does. Can it be changed?

  3. #3 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #2 Edintally
    What I mean is, since we pay federal taxes it would seem understandable that we would expect something in return? I’m not condoning the relationship, merely trying to understand why it functions the way it does. Can it be changed?

    I’d like to see an itemized invoice from the government when I have to pay my taxes. It would list services rendered and how much they’re charging me for each. And it would have to include every stinkin’ tax I pay. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask of an outfit with a self-assigned goal of “total information awareness”.

  4. #4 |  Lee | 

    Good article, but you didn’t place nearly enough emphasis (and blame) on the judicial and legislative branches for not doing their job to question, bring charges, and even impeach those in the executive branch. When 1 branch fails, our constitutional republic (THANK YOU for stating this correctly, we are NOT supposed to be a democracy or even a democratic republic).

    For those that would like to understand the difference between government types, watch the 4 part video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTQQJOEn9yI

  5. #5 |  Lee | 

    Meant to say

    When 1 branch fails, our constitutional republic (THANK YOU for stating this correctly, we are NOT supposed to be a democracy or even a democratic republic) crumbles. When 2 branches fail, we head towards tyranny.

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #4 Lee
    Good article, but you didn’t place nearly enough emphasis (and blame) on the judicial and legislative branches for not doing their job to question, bring charges, and even impeach those in the executive branch.

    Well said. Congress has gotten lazy. They nitpick benign issues purely to make it look like they’re doing something besides doling out favors and taxpayer dollars to their friends. Serious problems like the financial crisis associated with Social Security and Medicare are completely avoided. In other words, they don’t even come close to earning their paychecks.

    The Supremes apparently now perceive their job to be nothing more than spinelessly conjuring up convoluted reasoning for why the latest Executive (or Congressional) power grab is justified and Constitutional. They’ve gotten away with so much that the thought of looking like total idiots doesn’t even phase them anymore.

  7. #7 |  JWH | 

    “What I mean is, since we pay federal taxes it would seem understandable that we would expect something in return? I’m not condoning the relationship, merely trying to understand why it functions the way it does. Can it be changed?”

    Of course it can be changed. Lower the federal taxes that are paid and force the federal government to do less? Will it ever happen? Don’t hold your breath.

  8. #8 |  witless chum | 

    “Harry Truman was the first president to pull America into a protracted war without first consulting Congress.”

    Did McKinley and TR consult congress on the Phillipines? I’d think this bit is probably wrong.

    The current obsession with calling the president th “Commander in Chief” a lot is surely a creepy bit of this. George W. is in love with referring to himself that way, and Hillary Clinton has been doing it too much, too. I haven’t heard Obama or McCain use the phrase, but I probably just missed it.

  9. #9 |  Matthew | 

    Amazon is as evil as eBay. Use Barnes & Noble.

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