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Cato Analysts Take a Skeptical Look at the Candidates

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, May 19, 2008.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    "Gene Healy, senior editor at the Cato Institute, is not content to critique any one candidate or policy platform. In The Cult of the Presidency, he takes on the entire office. Though American political culture is often deemed “cynical,” Healy says that by contrast the public is immersed in a romance with the imperial presidency—it is “pining for Camelot,” as he puts it. This love affair is not harmless, for when the public expects the president to solve national-scale problems, the president will usurp additional powers to meet that demand. The result is grand, unconstitutional, failed policies like No Child Left Behind—not to mention our entitlement legacy of Social Security and Medicare. A major part of Healy’s April- May book tour is to remind Americans that it wasn’t always this way. The Framers saw the president as a constitutionally constrained chief executive with an important, but limited job: to defend the country when attacked, check Congress when it violates the Constitution, enforce the law, and little else. Healy points out that the presidential office stood much the way the Founders envisioned as late as the last years of the 19th century."​

    - rest at www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/v30n3/cpr30n3-4.html
     
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  2. TomVols

    TomVols New Member

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    Good read.

    No question Obama wants a bit of a monarchy style presidency, and McCain isn't far behind
     
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