Inventing executive powers

The Obama administration exposes its fascist side:

The Obama administration’s Justice Department has asserted that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight, according to a document obtained by McClatchy. That assertion was revealed — perhaps inadvertently — by the department in its response to a McClatchy request for a copy of a secret Justice Department memo.

It’s amazing how even the simple act of obtaining a warrant is too much work for the executive branch to bother with anymore. Can there be any doubt that they expect to eventually discover the power to try and sentence “criminals” without any any formal legal process or court oversight?

One also notes that this appears to be a rather belated discovery of this executive power, considering that international telephone calls weren’t just invented yesterday.

Ideological plague

This comment from an Althouse reader illustrates the problem of voter mobility:

My sister and brother-in-law — a couple of liberal Obama-votin’ Democrats — are currently trying to get out of Illinois as fast as they can. They literally cannot afford to live in Illinois anymore — they were having trouble making ends meet *before* the gargantuan tax hike.

Needless to say, no matter where they go, this couple will cling to their liberal Obama-voting ideology and continue to demand the very big government that they fled in Illinois. They are ideological disease carriers. The only viable solution I can imagine is permitting such refugees to move into a limited government state if they are willing to sign a consent form giving up their right to vote for as long as they were resident in their former state. Although perhaps even that is taking too big a risk since they’ll probably settle in an enclave of like-minded carriers. This should be a legally defensible approach since if one doesn’t wish to give up one’s right to vote, one doesn’t have to reside there.