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    Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    no, but they should have the power to remove unrelated spending from things like defense bills.

    payroll tax-cut bill with a oil pipeline attached??? what kind of bull**** is that?

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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    no, but they should have the power to remove unrelated spending from things like defense bills.
    Isn't that a round-about way of wanting a line-item veto?


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    payroll tax-cut bill with a oil pipeline attached??? what kind of bull**** is that?
    Somewhat different subject, but I agree that all bills should be limited to a single item. That would eliminate the need for a line-item veto, also.

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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Isn't that a round-about way of wanting a line-item veto?



    Somewhat different subject, but I agree that all bills should be limited to a single item. That would eliminate the need for a line-item veto, also.
    no, but if bills were focused on one single issue, line-item vetoes would be less-necessary.

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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Many people, among them past Libertarian Presidential candidate Andre Marrou, believe that the line-item veto is already Constitutionally approved. It just hasn't been used/tested.

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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Split, just as our nation is...
    I agree with the line item veto....I trust our President more than Congress; but this will not and cannot stay that way..
    Probably ,every President since Washington has wanted this.

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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the President have "line-item veto" power?
    Yes. Say good-bye to pork barrel additions. It's all about accountability. The old adage, "The buck stops here," isn't true. President wants "X?" He's got to sign it even though the "Y" addition to it sucks wind. Enough. The old "bridge to nowhere?" Who do we blame? The guy who introduced it? How is he accountable to the country? His electoral base loves it. Both houses of Congress that passed it along with "whatever else?"

    If the buck truly stops "here," let's give our President the power to make that real.
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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yes. Say good-bye to pork barrel additions. It's all about accountability. The old adage, "The buck stops here," isn't true. President wants "X?" He's got to sign it even though the "Y" addition to it sucks wind. Enough. The old "bridge to nowhere?" Who do we blame? The guy who introduced it? How is he accountable to the country? His electoral base loves it. Both houses of Congress that passed it along with "whatever else?"

    If the buck truly stops "here," let's give our President the power to make that real.
    A line item veto would not eliminate pork. It would limit pork from the other side. The pork from the presidents side would still be left in.
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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    It gives the president the power to override congress and take away any chance at compromise when the houses are not of the same party as the executive. Yes, the veto can function in that way, but it's much more blunt and there is a cost to throwing out an entire bill. Picking and choosing elements of bills, even if I agree with whoever the president might be at the time, gives that person too much power.
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    Re: Should the President have "line-item veto" power?

    Yes, the president should have the power of line item veto.

    Let's see.. in this omnibus bill to support the troops is a totally unrelated proposal to build a bridge in Congressman Porkbill's district.. strike.

    On the other hand, giving the president another power could upset the balance of power between the Congress and Executive Branch, so, Congress needs to have another power to balance it out.

    How about the president be appointed by one house of Congress, and approved by the other? That way, we'll avoid the circus of a presidential election in which voters think they're electing some sort of absolute ruler who can actually keep those impossible campaign promises?
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