Thursday, June 24, 2010

Now, enforce your order

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deep-water drilling and rebuked the government for "arbitrarily" imposing a moratorium that would cause "irreparable harm to businesses" along the Gulf Coast.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday night that he will issue a new order against such drilling, which he said would eliminate "any doubt that a moratorium is needed, appropriate and within our authorities."

I favor a drilling ban. And, I think we should throw the book at both BP and the bureaucrats responsible for the disaster in the Gulf.

But, when a federal judge strike's down executive action as illegal and arbitrary and causing irreparable harm, the response should not be "we're going to do it again anyway".

In the past, and in other contexts, by other presidents, such action was called impeachable.

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