Monday, January 02, 2006

Festus fatigue

Nothing surprises me anymore. Festus fights hard for the right to maintain an illegal surveillance program for several years when all he had to do to make the surveillance legal was to ask for it.

Festus speaks: This is a limited program designed to prevent attacks on the United States of America, and I repeat limited," Bush said before flying back to Washington after six days cloistered on his ranch in Crawford, Tex. "I think most Americans understand the need to find out what the enemy's thinking.
"If somebody from al Qaeda is calling you, we'd like to know why."

The problem is that's all you'll know. Since the information is tainted it's unlikely permissible in court so you can't arrest the "terrorist."

Here we have a President with a fairly poor track record of competence who can't understand why we shouldn't just trust him to decide how far over the line of illegality the executive branch should wander. A failed Social Security reform, torture renditions, a failed Iraq reconstruction plus a level of Federal deficit that makes even Festus's own Treasury Secretary complain does not inspire me to trust that Festus's has any special claim that he knows what's best for domestic, foreign or economic policies.

The Pope is infallible, Festus, you're no Pope. . .