Monday, August 27, 2007

Line Item Veto and other

Governor Blagojevich used his line item veto last week to cut about half billion dollars from the Illinois State budget last week, normally I am all for cutting spending and pork, but that not what the Governor was doing, he was cutting this money with the intention of using to fund his health care program that the State General Assembly refused to pass. The Governor is attempting to do an end run around the elected representive of the people and use these cuts to fund a program that they would not pass, this shows how little respect Governor Blagojevich has for the state, its people, their representatives and its institutions, there is a reason that the budget making process is not entrusted to one man but instead negoiatated between the legislative and the Executive. Think of the reaction if President Bush tried to do the same thing. Hopefully enough of the Senate Democrats will see the light and join with there Republican counterparts and work with the House were both Democrats and Republicans seem willing to over turn the veto. If not Speaker of the House Mike Madigan has made it quiet clear that he intends to challenge the Governors ability to use the funds from the veto programs in court.

On the National side, Alberto Gonzales resigned today as United State Attorney General, not matter what you think of his policies or the Bush Administration, the way that Alberto Gonzales handled the events that happened around him showed poor judgment and it is probably best for everyone that he is gone.

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