Friday, October 06, 2006


In a signing statement for the Homeland security bill, President Bush said he would disregard the portion of the legislation that says the director of FEMA must have five years experience. His rationale? It "rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office."

If that sounds stupid, it's because it is stupid. Here's the thing though. Why was this ever written into the bill to begin with? The FEMA director is a position that requires confirmation by the Senate so if Bush nominates an unqualified person for the job, the Senate could, you know, do something about it.

I guess the Senate's position on this matter is "O please spare us from the oversight, we cannot be trusted with it." Time to get a new Senate.

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