"...Sen. Jim DeMint, a freshman Republican from South Carolina, had a better idea for the president: Why not instruct your department heads to ignore the earmarks Congress adds to your budget?
DeMint was not encouraging Bush to take the law into his own hands and defy statutes passed by Congress. A March 6 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said more than 95 percent of all earmarks were not written into law but were merely contained in the reports of congressional committees and legislative managers. "Earmarks that appear in committee reports and the statements of managers do not legally bind agencies," said the report."
Unfortunately, Novak also says the president seems opposed to the idea. It seems the president is afraid of getting into a war with Congressional committee chairmen.
Bush is the guy everyone in the world seems to think is a "cowboy"? When it comes to dealing with Congress, Bush is the biggest wimp that ever lived.