Saturday, April 30, 2016

PPP - Primer on Presidential Power

It this presidential election weren't so funny, I'd be crying.  But maybe I should cry anyway.   And you can bet a lot of candidate supporters will be crying, no matter who wins the election.  The reason?  I'd say most voters do not understand how government works, specifically presidential power.  So whoever is elected is going to be a big disappointment.

Trump:  "I'm gonna build a wall - a HUGE wall."

 Cruz:  "I will abolish the IRS."

Sanders: "I'll make college free for everyone."

Clinton: “I will rewrite the tax code ... "

Let's look at these statements, shall we?  Not one of these statements is accurate because not one of these promises can be kept without Congress.  Not one.  And voters don't seem to know this!  The statements tell us what the candidates would like to do, but make no mistake about it:  Only Congress can rewrite the tax code - or abolish the IRS.  Only Congress can authorize a way to make college free for everyone.  And there's no way any president can fund the building and maintenance of a huge wall by himself/herself.

A top Republican from Utah (sorry, I can't remember his name right now) was interviewed on NPR several weeks ago and he does not support Donald Trump for president.  He said Trump supporters will be disappointed - and angry - should Trump be elected because ...

1) They will find out that Trump doesn't understand how the three branches of government work, therefore ...

2) That HUGE wall will never be built! Revenue bills originate in the House of Representatives and even this bunch of Republicans are not going to appropriate the trillions of dollars it will take to build - and then maintain - such a wall.

Supporters of all the other top presidential candidates are also going to be disappointed and angry - for the same reason.  Voters don't seem to understand that presidential power is not all encompassing, but they expect their candidates to fulfill every pledge made during a campaign.  Oops.  Big Mistake.

My advice:  GROW UP and LEARN SOMETHING!  If you don't remember your high school government class, then do a brief Google search on the three branches of the U.S. government and find out what each branch can - and cannot - do.  

Maybe you'll realize that who you vote for below President on your ballot is just as important - or more - than the office at the top.

As for President ... vote for someone who can work with others, will represent the United States throughout the world with dignity and competence, and someone understands the value of compromise.

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