News | 10/14/1999
Through most of
President Clinton's administration, the polls have been
maneuvered consistently to show that the majority of the
citizens approve of Mr. Clinton as president. Well, I, for
one, certainly am not among them. Why not?
Among many other
reasons is his excessive and dictatorial abuse of the power
of his office. Most people are not aware of executive
orders . This president has used this method more than
any other president in history to enact
"legislation" that the Congress would not approve.
One of these is the requirement for telephone companies to
add to your bill a tax on long-distance calls, to be used to
pay for computers in classrooms, affectionately called
"the Gore tax."
In response to a
letter to Sen. Trent Lott, asking what is being done to curb
this abuse of office, I received the following:
Constitution sets no real boundaries on the definition of
presidential executive orders , there are no
guidelines dictating what the president is and is not
capable of enforcing within the executive branch and
the powers granted to the departments and agencies
thereunder. As a result, an executive order has the
force of law and does not require congressional approval.
The ambiguity associated with this authority can produce an
intentional avoidance of congressional intent as well as an
abuse of power." . (Trent Lott, personal
correspondence, Sept. 2.)
So, there you have
it. Why on earth should anyone vote for president of the
United States any person who approves the abuse of such
power, or who will not publicly denounce such abuse and vow
not to do so himself?
Robert W. English
Salt Lake City