posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 04:43 PM
As we debate the issues, tear each other's candidates to shred, and insult each other, one should ask him or herself, How much power does the
President really have? If we elect this person as President, what guarantees do we have that this person will be able to resolve some of our problems?
The answer may surprise many of us.
Maybe we should be more focused on who we elect to Congress. After all, Congress is the one who passes the legislation that impacts our lives the
most. Maybe we should require all Congressmen and Senators to sign a legal contract with their represented states stating what issues they intend to
Point is no matter how good you think your candidate is, Congress has the upper hand. They are the ones who pass the legislation and ultimately decide
the fate of the President.
The question is How do we get Congress to address and pass meaningful legislation?
Issues like the national debt, social security, Medicare, jobs going overseas, etc. These issues are controversial but need to be confronted.
U.S. president has less power than candidates might lead you to think
By Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — As a member of Congress for years, Leon Panetta often heard complaints about gasoline prices. He'd look up Pennsylvania Avenue toward
the White House and think that the president should do something about it.
All that power to be applied — domestically, diplomatically. "Surely the president has the ability to do something," he thought.
Then Panetta went to the White House himself, first as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, then as the chief of staff to President
Clinton. He found that there wasn't much a president could do to bring down the cost of gasoline. The office wasn't that powerful.