Why do the republicans have any leverage at all?

Posted on February 21st, 2011 by admin1 in republican consulting

I’m not very politic savvy. I’m trying to educate myself and become more aware of what’s going on around me. So I ask this question because I’m curious, not to be a smart-ass. The President is our leader, then why does he even have to consult republicans about the tax-cuts. Why can’t he just say "I’m commander in chief and what I say goes!" Why do the republicans have any leverage at all?

As others say, we have a tripartite system – a President, a congress and the legislative or justice system.

In theory, congress initiates legislation, and the president can either veto it or sign into law.

However, in practice, the president has power because he is the focal point for fund raising, has an incredibly powerful administration, has been given a lot of power from congress to do all kinds of things, and often congress wins their seats by siding with the president. This is especially true if the president reflects the views of the power structure in society, which is dominated by corporations and the wealthy (in my opinion). If the president says something, like, ‘Let’s go invade Iraq and sell of it’s oil to European companies’, congress will go along not simply because they fear the president, but because the fear the oil money he is representing.

That is why conservative, war mongering presidents that support big corporations, oil, defense contracts have so much power. In fact, presidents so routinely submit budgets through their friends in congress, that people call such legislation ‘the Presidential Budget’. You hear all the time of ‘The President’s bill’ like war authorizations and the like.

But in Obama’s case, he does not represent the war and corporate interests as much as, say Bush, and so even though he had a majority in congress, there was a coalition of Republicans and conservative democrats that blocked and perverted his legislation. Every bill was a compromise.

Nonetheless, he did get a lot accomplished (see polifact.org).

13 Comments on “Why do the republicans have any leverage at all?”

  1. Harish

    because then he would be acting like a king, and thats why we left Great britianReferences :

  2. Bad Wolf

    Because the President has absolutely no power to cut taxes. Only Congress can do that. Republicans control the house where all revenue bills must start.References :

  3. gomanyes

    The president cannot make policy. Congress has to approve it.References :

  4. Bob B

    The US Constitution spells out the roles of Congress, the Senate, and the President. He’s the president, not a dictator.

    Any laws having to do with taxes and spending must originate in the House of Representatives and be approved by the Senate. The Republicans are taking over the House in January and the rules in the Senate give the minority party quite a bit of power.References :

  5. Cold Hard Fact

    First, read the Constitution.
    Next, until January, the Dems control the Senate, the House, and the Presidency. The reason that they don’t have the House in January is because people are teed off at the Democrats.

    The President is not the King. He cannot rule by decree.References :

  6. Mathmajor Pi

    Oh, so we should have a dictatorship, like North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela? Then we could have a Communist country, with one person making all the decisions.
    Does it physically hurt you to be so dim?References :

  7. Vinyl4ever

    Politics is all about compromise. Remember, Obama is trying to appeal to the general population for his reelection, and the majority of people are moderate Dems and Reps. These tax cuts are also conservative policy and were set up during the Bush administration. Obama wants the republicans trust, to a degree he genuinly wants their input, and what the general population would consider as what’s "good for the country." The economy is not good, and when people save money with lower taxes they can use that money to consume goods and revive our economic state. Hope that explains enough. Also check out the magazine The Economist one way to get savy, or if paper isnt your thing go to http://www.theeconomist.com to get their stuff for free. It’s generally fairly neutral, moderate slightly right leaning because of support of big business, but as a liberal I still love it.References :

  8. ObamaBot THX-1138

    As others say, we have a tripartite system – a President, a congress and the legislative or justice system.

    In theory, congress initiates legislation, and the president can either veto it or sign into law.

    However, in practice, the president has power because he is the focal point for fund raising, has an incredibly powerful administration, has been given a lot of power from congress to do all kinds of things, and often congress wins their seats by siding with the president. This is especially true if the president reflects the views of the power structure in society, which is dominated by corporations and the wealthy (in my opinion). If the president says something, like, ‘Let’s go invade Iraq and sell of it’s oil to European companies’, congress will go along not simply because they fear the president, but because the fear the oil money he is representing.

    That is why conservative, war mongering presidents that support big corporations, oil, defense contracts have so much power. In fact, presidents so routinely submit budgets through their friends in congress, that people call such legislation ‘the Presidential Budget’. You hear all the time of ‘The President’s bill’ like war authorizations and the like.

    But in Obama’s case, he does not represent the war and corporate interests as much as, say Bush, and so even though he had a majority in congress, there was a coalition of Republicans and conservative democrats that blocked and perverted his legislation. Every bill was a compromise.

    Nonetheless, he did get a lot accomplished (see polifact.org).References :

  9. .

    If you knew how our govt works, you wouldn’t ask that.References :

  10. Guanajuato

    Good question . In fact many people don’t realize how the Democratic party has controlled our country 85 % of the time during the past 50 years . The simple answer is:

    Our congress and Senate have to agree on things to approve laws by a majority vote . The president can try to veto things , but it sometimes makes things worse because it makes him look bad during the process and he will probably be overturned anyway .References :

  11. Jim Bay

    In order to have a law successfully implemented and maintained over time it needs to be constitutional and supported by the public or they will kick out their representative and elect different ones who will change or get rid of the law. Obama wants to be reelected as does congressman and senators. Obama did a bunch of unpopular laws with the help of lots of very left-wing democrats. The unpopular laws in some cases were also unconstitutional. This past November a record number of Democrats were kicked out office and Obama if the election were held today would not stand a chance of winning against any republican they put up to run against him.

    Now that gets us to today. Many democrats (called moderate democrats or just democrats that don’t want to get kicked out next election) have sided with the republicans and the American people against the liberals (think of socialist) and in favor of free market solutions. Socialist want to steal from the rich and then spend the money they steal on government programs that are typically not very effective at doing anything other than create a larger bureaucracy. But that is the goal of a socialist, just look at the socialist countries around the world, they are all poor and have huge governments, only government high ranking officials are rich and nobody else. Conservatives believe in free markets and they just one big time so they have a lot of power currently. So the vote was to let the free market create jobs or take the money away from the employers who hire people and give it to the government to waste it on things that don’t work.

    Obama sided with creating some jobs which really pissed off the socialist. Now they are threatening to support someone even more liberal than Obama in the next election.

    As you can see its pretty complicated. But like in everything else just follow the money and you will learn why people do what they do. Obama today acted in his best interest, he wants to be elected in two years so he went against his liberal base and decided to try and help the economy and recapture some popularity with moderates who don’t hate America. Typically socialist hate America because it is too free and there are too many rich successful people. They hate that.References :

  12. myopinion

    Until January 1st, they really do not. But there are Dems who agree with and voted with them.. including Obama. The rest of the Dems should shut the he ll up and get on with trying to help this country.

    Right now, they are just upset because this was not their own idea… what a bunch of fools. Whatever happened to the Democrats of John Kennedy?

    Oh and the reason Obama can’t just do what you said?? He’s the president.. not King!References :

  13. Sugar

    One small reason …the house.References :

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