Bush seeks greater powers
On Thursday, the president said he wants to raise fuel-efficiency standards on automobiles, as members of both parties jockeyed for political position on the issue of rising gas prices.
Bush called on Congress to give him the authority to set the standards for passenger cars sold in the United States as a means of reducing the nation's demand for gasoline."I encourage them to give me that authority," Bush told reporters during a visit to a service station in Biloxi, Mississippi. "It's an authority I used for light trucks, and I intend to use it wisely if Congress will give me that authority."
Instead of proposing a fuel efficiency standard for Congress to pass, Bush asks for more power to do whatever he dam well pleases. Now, he wants to run the auto industry as well as the government. As a commenter at Talking Points Memo put it:
It is just one more effort on his part to consolidate any and all power within the presidency.
If anybody in Congress moves to give him greater power, they should be laughed out of office. The more power he has, the more he will screw up. How would you like to drive a car built by George W. Bush?