Ezra previously mentioned his justifiable disappointment that President Obama is indulging freely in signing statements, a practice he condemned (correctly, I think) in President Bush. Politician says one thing and does another: film at 11.
Now, courtesy of Jim Harper at Cato@Liberty, I see this excellent suggestion: why doesn't the Obama Administration make each signing statement easily available to the public on whitehouse.gov? There's even a perfect page for it. Right now, if you want to see all of the signing statements this President has appended despite his campaign rhetoric, you need to research it yourself, or rely upon bloggers to compile them for you.
If President Obama's signing statements are defensible — if they are somehow distinguishable from the Bush statements he condemned, if they are not an unconscionable assertion of the Imperial Presidency or a defiance of the oath faithfully to execute the law, and if they are genuine and proper meditations on the significance of the law — why not trumpet them like any press release?
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