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How “Brussels” of you

In today’s news, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) weighed in with his take on President Bush’s strange foray back into the hyper-politicized “global warming” debate, with an even stranger comment.

It seems that Congress – the legislature, mind you – really can’t act on legislation addressing this issue that they really want to act on . . . really . . . until the executive sends them legislation.

Of course, this is how the European Constitu . . . wait, not allowed to say that . . . European rules of operation work. The executive, or Commission, proposes legislation to the European Parliament, which of course isn’t allowed to draft such things. They just approve them (and if they disapprove of them, in now-classic EU fashion — as the Irish and Danes can tell you better than most – they keep voting until they get the answer right).


As you ponder this newest European export to the U.S., on top of those steel jobs piling up in Kentucky and now Alabama, I’m going to ask you all to roll up your sleeves and drill down into the depths of the Constitution. Say, Article I, and, uh, Section 1:

All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.


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