Barack Obama has rarely exercised presidential clemency to grant pardons and restore the civil rights of convicted criminals, a power that Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and other presidents used with dedication to correct injustices in the legal system. Mr. Obama has pardoned only 22 people, fewer than any president since the modern era of pardons began in 1900. He has granted a pardon for 1 out of every 50 applicants, compared with 1 out of 33 for George W. Bush, 1 of 8 for Bill Clinton and 1 of 3 for Ronald Reagan.
Comments: The New York Times editorial board, once again, posits an argument that makes no logical sense, has no particular point, but is an opportunity to bash George W. Bush as guilty of "cronyism". I suspect the NYT has a particular felon in mind with this murky piece.
Theoretically,Obama would have to sit in one spot and review the merits of pardoning people.There´s no way he interested in that kind of hard work. The Slimes probably has a long list of old liberal activists that created absurd crimes years ago and wants to let them go.
Didn´t they kill one of the turkeys Obama pardoned at thanksgiving?
I cannot figure out why I read this - I really don´t have any interest in the subject. For whatever reason I cannot pinpoint, I read every word. And have to ask, WHAT??????
This is so outta left field that someone on the NYT editorial board HAS TO have a dog in this fight. And, it never hurts to take the opportunity to slap George Bush on the way into and out of the room...
Well, it IS the NYT after all.It´s penned by "Editorial" so it´s more difficult to question the motive .It´s answering a question that no one has asked. Must mean they know he is about to pardon a Mumia or something akin to that.
Well it does seem to me that Obama has issued many unofficial pardons by failing to prosecute--the New Black Panthers, Jon Corzine´s $-billions theft, Tim Geithner´s tax cheating, Eric Holder´s Fast and Furious.
Old Zippy´s approach is more efficient and cost effective. If you never prosecute your buddies, you never have to grant pardons.
The pardons will come after November of 2016, especially if a Republican is coming into office (they´ll be of the in-your-face variety).
Obama had lots of crooks help him get into office, and some will be caught. Banksters and shady real estate folks will be in prison waiting for his help. He´ll follow the example of Bill Clinton and pardon some real winners.
Um, hello? Wake up, people. This is a not-so-well-veiled appeal for scumbama to take more power into his own hands and do away with the established processes of government. The NYSlimes is complaining that king scumbama isn´t healing enough of the scrofulous.
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