Executive Privilege in NY

I dislike the executive branch choosing which laws to obey and which to ignore. Something is broken when this happens. Instead of fixing the problem, an ad hoc solution is implemented.

Let me draw your attention to this:

Gov. David A. Paterson issued a sweeping executive order on Friday that would allow a handpicked group of top aides to repeal state regulations they deem outdated or overly burdensome to businesses.

Why can’t the governor seek legislative repeal? Is there something onerous about that?

This choosing of laws to uphold and repeal creates new powers in the executive branch not intended by any state’s constitution. For the same unconstitutional reason, I object to federal signing statements that say ‘here is how the President interprets the implementation of this law’. There is something wrong when the solution is to create an offsetting power rather than to correct the deficiencies in the system. Let me say this differently: If the law is not clear, don’t approve it. If the law has outlived its usefulness, get the legislature to repeal it.

Morgan Hook, a spokesman for the governor, denied that the order was meant to undermine consumer and environmental regulations.

“Just because there is this process by which we will review regulations does not mean that we are going to repeal or change regulations that the governor supports or that are working,” he said.

In a pig’s eye, I think. And I don’t have a problem with reviewing regulations, I have a problem with repealing them by executive order. If we wanted a king , we would have it in our state or federal constitutions. Where are the statesmen this country needs to advocate true solutions instead of hooey? NY and the rest of us deserve better.

I hope the NY state legislature impeaches the governor over this and if not impeach, I hope they ask for a state supreme court opinion on the legality of it and then threaten impeachment if it is unlawful and not rescinded by the governor.


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