Discussion in 'Politics' started by PackMule, Nov 4, 2008.
What can they do on their own?
Domestically, not much if congress is against them. If they are the same party it becomes more of a buddy system to assure they get reelected (at the tax payers expense).
Between ignoring the Constitution, signing statements, and executive orders I would say they have pretty much limitless powers.
The majority of a President's powers are percieved, not real. Since FDR, the Executive Office of the President has spread its wings alot. Obama will get more leeway for a couple of reasons. One, he will be the first Black President. Two, he will have a Deomcrat Congress. However, he won't the support he wants from Congress, because they have to get relelected too.
Domestic powers of the US President-
Ensure that US laws are carried
Oversee the creation of new regulatory bodies(ie. Homeland Security)
Create the National Budget
I believe this is about it.
Presidential power did get a bit of a boost after FDR, but got contracted again after Nixon perverted executive power. After Bush came to power, the president, by abuse of executive power, through things like signing statements and claiming executive privilege for things that were not privileged tried to undo the balance of power. But like any extremist effort, the pendulum smacks back. I suspect you will find that the next president will be on a significantly shorter leash, regardless of party affiliation, though to be fair, I suspect that leash will be much tighter around McCain's neck should he win... and Palin would never be permitted to extend the power of the VP by so much as a millimeter.
The President only has as much power as his Z.O.G. masters allow for each individual issue.
Ridiculous response from an imbecile.
You forgot the President Commands the entire Military. And short of a Congressional Vote to deny funds he can use them for at least 90 days anywhere he wants.
All American presidents will put Israel's interests above the United States.
Even when a policy is bad for the U.S.
We always go lock-step with Israel no matter the issue.
The question was on Domestic power. Due to Posse Comitatus, this is a foreign power.
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