Sunday, August 06, 2006

nationalized guard?

Fifty governors agree, leave the National Guard alone. At least, that's what I think will happen. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and Arizona Gov. Jane Napolitano (D) will ask governors to sign a letter protesting a provision in a House bill that would shift control of the Guard from the states to the President during an emergency.

Naturally, the White House and Congress didn't consult with the governors when tucking this little provision into a bill. Huckabee -- who is, remember, a conservative Republican -- said this "violates 200 years of American history" and accused the federal government of trying to make states into "satellites of the national government."