Sunday, July 09, 2006


I have just read this article on the recommendation of my main supervisor. I am shocked. But perhaps I shouldn't be. Read it: it's incredible.

Elizabeth Drew, "Power Grab," New York Review of Books 11, no. 53 (22 June 2006).

It starts:

During the presidency of George W. Bush, the White House has made an unprecedented reach for power. It has systematically attempted to defy, control, or threaten the institutions that could challenge it: Congress, the courts, and the press. It has attempted to upset the balance of power among the three branches of government provided for in the Constitution; but its most aggressive and consistent assaults have been against the legislative branch: Bush has time and again said that he feels free to carry out a law as he sees fit, not as Congress wrote it. Through secrecy and contemptuous treatment of Congress, the Bush White House has made the executive branch less accountable than at any time in modern American history. And because of the complaisance of Congress, it has largely succeeded in its efforts. Continue reading.

1 comment:

Jen P. said...

Another good one to read from the New York Review of Books: