Monday, April 2, 2007

Democratic Congress - Proper Oversight

MSNBC reports today that "Democrats to Widen Conflict With Bush," challenging the Bush Administration "on a range of issues -- such as unionization of airport security workers and the loosening of presidential secrecy orders -- with even more dramatic showdowns coming soon," such as to "close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; reinstate legal rights for terrorism suspects; and rein in what Democrats see as unwarranted encroachments on privacy and civil liberties allowed by the USA Patriot Act."

Finally - after six years we have a Congress with the guts to stand up to the executive, and attempt to rein it in when it goes too far. And this is non-partisan - Democratic presidents sometimes go too far as well, and (at least when politics has become so partisan as today) our system of separation of powers works best when government is divided so the Congress can act as a check and balance on the executive.