One important message I took away from the election is that people want to end the secretive process by which Washington insiders are able to slip into legislation billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects that have never been reviewed or voted on by Congress. I'm glad Senator Robert Byrd and Congressman Dave Obey--the Democrats who will lead the appropriations process in the new Congress--heard that message, too, and have indicated they will refrain from including additional earmarks in the continuing resolution for this fiscal year.The byline? None other than Dubya himself.
But we can and should do more. It's time Congress give the president a line-item veto. [bold mine] And today I will announce my own proposal to end this dead-of-the-night process and substantially cut the earmarks passed each year.
Bush talking about secrecy like it's a bad thing? Who the hell does he think he's kidding? (Just an aside, I know it's standard practice for things like this to be written by someone else and signed off by the supposed author, however, there is probably someone out there who believes that he wrote this himself. Tee-hee.)
I personally love the line where he refers to himself in third person. I wonder if he does that in meetings-- "You know what, Condi? This policy stuff is really hard. It is time for the president take a catnap."