Thursday, September 29, 2011

Enemies of Democracy Outing Themselves

NewsBusters has a story about Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-NC), who said with a straight face on Tuesday that "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover." Some of her henchmen claim she was only joking, but there are certain things one does not joke about. Even Nazi Germany and the United States during the Civil War did not suspend elections.

The Economist
has this memorable quote by ex-OMB director Peter Orszag: [We need to rely] "more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic."

Lachlan Markay at the Heritage Foundation describes five instances of executive overreach, in which either President Barack Hussein Obama or the federal bureaucracy unilaterally bypass the will of the Congress.

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