Saturday, August 05, 2006

Blanco stands up to Bush's power grab, again.

Way to go Governor. Governors bristle at Bush Guard proposal - Yahoo! News:
"CHARLESTON, S.C. - The nation's governors are closing ranks in opposition to a proposal in Congress that would let the president take control of the National Guard in emergencies without consent of governors.

The idea, spurred by the destruction and chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina's landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi, is part of a House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act. It has not yet been agreed to by the Senate.

The measure would remove the currently required consent of governors for the federalization of the Guard, which is shared between the individual states and the federal government.

'Federalization just for the sake of federalization makes no sense,' said Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, a Democrat who had rough relations with the Bush administration after the disaster last year. 'You don't need federalization to get federal troops. ... Just making quick decisions can make things happen.'"
Bush is never satisfied, no matter how much power he snatches. Whatever happened to conservatives' concern for states' rights?

Yeah, I know, that was just coded racism anyway.

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