In yesterday’s edition of the Delaware State News there was an article entitled, “Obama orders employment protection for gay, transgender workers” (p. 9). Here’s the scoop: Not only has the President made such “discrimination” illegal for all federal jobs, but he is also seeking to expand the bill to… 493 more words
Overtime, power has become concentrated in the Executive Branch of the United States government. The creation of the administrative state and the willingness of Congress to foist difficult decisions on the Executive Branch, have permitted a gradual expansion of the Presidency. Between 2000-2006, a conservative Supreme Court and Congress gave President George W. Bush even more power than any previous president. Congress intentionally ceded its powers to the White House in an effort to quickly undo progressive policies promoted by Bill Clinton. Congressional conservatives believed that they had a created a permanent majority and never considered that these increased powers could be used by a more progressive President. Chris Edelson at the University of Wisconsin Press blog explores the expansion of these powers and asks whether this is a wise decision. He suggests that creating an imperial presidency may not be in the best interest of American democracy.