To Bruce Jones and John Mullin,
Speaking of federal agencies, both of you might find this recent Executive
Order interesting. It was issued by President Clinton on May 14, while he was
in Birmingham, England. Curious that he would issue this thing while out of
the country. Originally, it was un-numbered and the White House seemed to
keep moving it from one server to another. An attempt to conceal it from
public notice, perhaps? You can find the full text at:
<A HREF="http://www.uhuh.com/laws/eo13083.htm#Section7">Executive Order on
Federalism dated May 14, 1998</A>
It's a masterful piece of obfuscation, but it's not a real long document.
An EO becomes law 30 days after it is issued and goes into effect 60 days
after that, unless Congress challenges it. I haven't heard of any challenge
from Congress, so this EO is likely to become the law of the land.
In essense, this EO effectively eliminates states' rights and gives federal
agencies carte blanche to do impose whatever regulations (pseudo-laws) it
wants, and states have no recourse. Interestingly, it also gives federal
agencies primacy over Indian Tribal nations.
Please read it, paying special attention to Sec. 3, paragraph (d), and clauses
1 -- 9. Section 7, paragraph (a) even precludes a challenge in court, should
it slip past Congress
What do you suppose Clinton has up his sleeve in issuing this EO that clearly
violates the Constitution? Did anyone vote for this?