Isn't it funny that congress is only now getting up in arms over the President's power reaches? Only now do they care about the separation of powers and the checks and balances installed to ensure that separation. It wasn't the administration's detaining of American citizen's without immediate access to a lawyer or even charges being brought; it wasn't when they launched an invasion on shoddy, cherry picked intelligence; it wasn't their leaking of classified information for political gain; it wasn't when the NSA overreached in their intelligence collection with warrantless phone tapping and massive data mining on millions of Americans. No, it was when one of their own, a man who allegedly had $90,000 in cash stashed in his freezer, had his office ransacked by the FBI in search of more evidence.
Now, I agree that this too is an overstepping of authority and could be a nasty blow to the separation of powers—but so what? What makes this worse than anything else Bush has done? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Today, the President ordered William Jefferson's files sealed for 45 days in order for both sides to cool down. With this move, Bush illustrates his mastery of the old adage: It's easier to apologize than to get permission. And why not? He's never been taken to task for previous transgressions. My bet is Congress will NEVER let this stand as it opens the door on more raids when the rest of the herd is called to slaughter next year. With mounting evidence of corruption in the capitol, a Congressman's only sanctuary was his Constitutionally protected office—until now. Why Jefferson didn't hide his stash in his office to begin with I'll never know.
Prepare for 45 days of hot air and threats as Bush sweats it out before finally caving. It's no wonder Congress' polls are lower than that of this sad, shameful president's.