Fri, 07 Nov 2003 16:23:53 GMT

One Party State. This is pretty unbelievable:

The Bush White House, irritated by pesky questions from congressional Democrats about how the administration is using taxpayer money, has developed an efficient solution: It will not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers.

The director of the White House Office of Administration, Timothy A. Campen, sent an e-mail titled “congressional questions” to majority and minority staff on the House and Senate Appropriations panels. Expressing “the need to add a bit of structure to the Q&A process,” he wrote: “Given the increase in the number and types of requests we are beginning to receive from the House and Senate, and in deference to the various committee chairmen and our desire to better coordinate these requests, I am asking that all requests for information and materials be coordinated through the committee chairmen and be put in writing from the committee.”

It’s saying we’re not going to allow the opposition party to ask questions about the way we use tax money,” said R. Scott Lilly, Democratic staff director for the House committee. “As far as I know, this is without modern precedent.”

Norman Ornstein, a congressional specialist at the American Enterprise Institute, agreed. “I have not heard of anything like that happening before,” he said. “This is obviously an excuse to avoid providing information about some of the things the Democrats are asking for.”

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We sure would not want any of those pesky Democrats to ask a question of the head of our government. Let’s see. We have a representative form of government where someone represents my views in Washington. If I have a question about taxes, I can write them. They can then ask the President to clarify just how the Executive branch is implementing the tax legislation. Unless my elected representative is Democrat!!! Then I have to rely on another representative from a different party and maybe a different state. I do not know what form of democracy you would call that but it surely is not representative. Imperious presidency? Fuedalism? Elected monarch?