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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-30-09 06:39 AM
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13. Not true at all. The SCOTUS has limited the power of Republican power grabbers as well
Edited on Thu Jul-30-09 06:44 AM by No Elephants
as Democratic power grabbers. The Patriot Act cases, among many others, show that. Problem is, the SCOTUS cannot do anything, unless and until a case gets to it. Most often, only Congress has standing to bring the case; and Congress has not been quick to bring cases. The separation of, and balance of, the respective powers of the three branches is not to be taken lightly.

We've seen the unitary executive. No thanks, whether it is a Republican or a Democrat. And, when a SCOTUS precedent gets set, it often stays set for a very long time, through many Democratic administrations and many Republican administrations.

More importantly, as far as the line item veto, your problem would seem to be not with the SCOTUS but with the Founders and the Constitution, and perhaps with the apathy of the American voter.

The Contitution is not crystal clear on many things, but it has been pretty clear from Day One that only Congress has the power of the purse. That includes the power to open the purse and the power to close it. And with good reason. It would be bizarre if one person had the power to overrule 435 duly elected members of the House, who face voters every two years, and 100 Senators, forcing them to overturn a veto.

Thing is, Americans are supposed to hold their Senators and members of Congress accountable for wasteful spending by hounding them and booting them out of office, if they do not respond to the hounding. We don't do that. And we blame lobbyists, greed, corruption, the SCOTUS--anyone and anything except the laziness and apathy of the American public, which either stays home, especially at midterm time, or votes the same shlubs back to Washington until they croak.

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