Why is Bush Grabbing Power When His Term Is Almost Over?

Bush is nabbing some hefty powers for himself in the event of an emergency (hat tip Pam).

But why bother if he only has a few more years in office?  Is he that unconcerned with the prospect of a Democratic Presidency having those powers?  Is he that confident a Republican will win?  Is he planning a term extension of sorts?

The last possibility seems quite outlandish, but that second one has me worried.  Bush’s administration has been perhaps the most power hungry in our nation’s history.  Republicans have in the past made less centralized government power a cornerstone of their platform.  Surely a Democrat having all that power is somewhat worrying.  So why full steam ahead?

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