Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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1. Okay, I finally read a comprehensive description of the VP's contentions. The President of the Senate argument is weak. What I mean is that I understand the argument but it fails in so many ways that adjudicating it will be a waste of time and the probable result will be setting a precedent that actually weakens the Vice Presidency--exactly the opposite of his goal.
2. The argument concerning depositing classified material into the common library is strange. If the rules are a specific act of Congress then failure to comply is a violation of law. So maybe the law is vague on that point? One would think that laws written to guide handling of classified material would be more carefully crafted than that. If not, Congress needs to review that law ASAP.
3. His argument of not being subject to the presidential directives is stronger because his is a constitutional, national office separately elected by the electoral college from the president.
4. I still do not know precisely how his office is funded -- does the money go to the President and then the president sets the VP's budget or does the Congress specifically fund the VP separately? If the former, then for budgetary purposes at least, a precedent is set that demonstrates the VP's official budgetary subservience to teh president. If the later, it strengthens the VP's contention of being a separate constitutional office.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama