Washington, D.C. - In the latest move to strengthen executive powers beyond their intended Constitutional limit, thus further weakening the Republic, Bush directed former White House aides to defy congressional subpoenas today, effectively reducing the Republic to that of a parliament monarchy.
Bush refused to comment on the charges that he is leading America away from a Republic and toward a parliamentary monarchy, except to say, "God save the Queen and, of course, me."
At first promising full cooperation with Congress regarding the investigation of the firing of U.S. attorneys when it initially surfaced, Bush now cites executive privilege in refusing to comply with Congress in the investigation of the matter.
However, a cursory view of the Constitution does say that the Congress and the Court still remain the arbiters of executive privilege and not the White House as the kids from the new popular TV show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," pointed out along with a couple of mille mouthed Congressmen from both parties.
To which the White House responded, "That is correct. Glad to see Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' program is working, but that is under the current unabridged version of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Alberto Gonzales is working off the abridged re-write copy of that and we are confident his version of the U.S. Constitution is the correct one."
Critics contend Bush is throwing off the scales of checks and balances inherent in the system. "If gone unchecked," said a spokesperson for the Democrats. "The powers of the executive branch will become too powerful, over shadowing that of the other remaining branches rendering them ineffective or altogether moot."
"What a funny and amazing coincidence," continued the White House spokesman. "We came to the exact same conclusion. You see and they said bipartisanship wasn't possible."