Limiting Out of Control Presidential Power
Presidential power has been growing through the past sixty years and most knowledgeable political scholars don't believe that electing someone different than George Bush is going to fix the problem of excessive power in the hands of the executive.
While many might think the relatively unchecked power in today's White House is largely due to how President Bush operates, the authors, who support different political parties, see the shift as more of an institutional—and constitutional—issue.
“People need to realize that this is not a problem that’s going to be solved by electing somebody other than George W. Bush,” Crenson said. “This is a serious constitutional problem—constitutional in both senses of the word—that is going to take some very careful thought to remedy.”
What can be done to re-right the balance?
The best way to for the public to change the balance of power is to support Congress in its efforts to make substantive policy, Crenson said. Since the legislature has two parties, compared to the president’s one, it is likely to make better decisions, he contends.
Kelley agrees. The public needs “to insist that Congress vigorously defends its own prerogatives and holds the executive branch accountable,” he said. “This means that Congress holds oversight hearings, that Congress demands information, and that Congress doesn't delegate.”
So while the Bush administration whines that they are suffering from too much oversight, the truth is we need to do more. In order to get this government back in control, it will take making our congress do their job and for us to do our job of demanding oversight and by actively participating as we can in the decisions of our government.
Personally, I'm still shopping for a candidate and I'm looking for one who appreciates the checks and balances of a healthy democracy.