Calling the Arabian Horse Association

So much for Katrina lessons…

Bush’s signing statement Wednesday challenges several other provisions in the Homeland Security spending bill.

Bush, for example, said he’d disregard a requirement that the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency must have at least five years experience and “demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emergency management and homeland security.”

His rationale was that it “rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office.

UPDATE: I have been reading the presidential signing agreement and it gets worse. I’ll have more tomorrow.


3 thoughts on “Calling the Arabian Horse Association

  1. Uh Scout, I’m confused. I understand that Bush is using signing statements to, in essence, write his own laws.
    In the above, a requirement that the head of FEMA have to have “demonstrated ability in and knowledge of” would rule out “persons best qualified by experience and knowledge”. This doesn’t make sense. (Not to mention that the rise of the civil service system was a way to stop political appointments and make sure that the people who got jobs were actually qualified for them.)
    And then you say it gets worse?

  2. Ditto. Maple, ya beat me to it.
    Bush’s logic sure is…well, illogical. Scarier and scarier…

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