posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 12:28 PM
reply to post by kalunom
I'm surprised of the blame placed on the Presidents...as if the puppets have any power to control what happens in the world. It seems that is all
they are good for...being recipients of blame.
The Presidents have three major powers:
1. The present the budget to Congress
2. They appoint the heads of the departments like USDA, FDA, EPA and therefore control how lax or how stringent enforcement of laws and regulations
is. They also whether the target of enforcement is the mega-Corporations or the Mom & Pop shops. Think
ConAgra-E. coli-tainted beef
which was given a pass for months vs
the Dollarite Bunnies
who got threaten with a 4 million dollar fine for
no real health reason.
3. VETO POWER! they can veto bad bills.
This is THE power that makes them responsible. During Clinton's term several bills were passed repealing the Banking laws passed in 1933 &1934 to
prevent another Great Depression and a law allowing AIG to "gamble" with CDS.
It does not
matter whether the Congress was Republican or Democratic the law could have been vetoed by the president.
So yes the President is to blame for what happens during his Administration except in cases where his veto is overridden.