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Why do people always point to Presidents’ administrations when complaining or praising?
Mighty Mouse
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 Why do people always point to Presidents’ administrations when complaining about or praising government accomplishments? Most of the time they are speaking of what laws were or were not passed during an administration. Unless I am sorely mistaken, the only power a President has over laws is to either sign or not sign them. The administration can, of course, propose laws but it is still up to Congress to enact them. And, yes, I know the President can issue Executive Orders but they still have to be funded by Congress and an Executive Order cannot contravene, never mind repeal, an existing law. Each time a weakened law is passed such as Health Care and Wall Street Reform, President Obama gets the blame. Granted, Presidents like Lyndon Johnson could bully Congress into getting what he wanted but Barack Obama has not been in national politics long enough to know where “the bodies are buried” like Johnson did. One thing I am painfully aware of is that Republican Presidents get more things done (be they good or bad) because of the Republican lock-step approach to politics. I guess, for Democrats, it’s a case of “if we do what they do, aren’t we just as bad as they are?”

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