President Obama: Ban? What ban?

The ink isn’t dry on the controversial 2011 spending bill but President Barack Obama is already showing signs he will ignore the parts of the law if he wants and he wants to ignore the part that bans his contentious “czars.”

Republicans managed to put language in the bill that cut the salaries of four “czars” that advise the President on health care, climate change, auto manufacturing and urban affairs.

Obama issued a signing statement Friday that says, in effect, “hell no, the czars won’t go.”

“The president also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it,” the statement said.

“Legislative efforts that significantly impede the president’s ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the president’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed. Therefore, the executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these presidential prerogatives.”

Republicans thought they had a victory with the anti-czar addition to the spending bill.

Obama tells the GOP they can take their language and shove it.

What Obama is doing is not new. George W. Bush often used signing statements to circumvent Congress.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.

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