New Monuments

Carl B.Lind clind1 at
Wed Jan 17 13:40:49 EST 2001

"...Seeking to leave his mark on environmental protection, President =
Clinton created seven new national monuments Wednesday..."

Well, this may be well and good, but it appears a bit dictatorial.  =
Whatever happened to public input and congressional debate? =20

Today's Wall Street Journal has it about right:  "Under the separation =
of powers, Congress is the law-making branch.  Yet that has not stopped =
Mr. Clinton from 'enacting' everything from his 'Don't ask, don't tell' =
policy for the military to his American heritage rivers initiative.  =
Indeed, he has the distinction of being the only peacetime president to =
have had an executive order voided by a court -- his striker replacement =
gambit.  Clinton aide Paul Begala captured the President's attitude =
perfectly:  'Stroke of the pen.  Law of the land.  Kind of cool'."

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.


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