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Subject:  Re: Repubs vs Dems Date:  10/7/2003  5:07 PM
Author:  Umm Number:  126561 of 882490

"Seems it was Congress, of elected representatives from EVERY state and districut, who passed the spending bills and tax cuts, wasn't it? The President has little power to 'spend'. That is left up to Congress. SO please put the blame where it belongs, on the ELECTED members of COngress who approve such spending."

Spending bills have to be signed by the president just like other bills. The president has the ability to veto any spending bill he chooses. Congress can override this veto of course. In post Vietnam times I don't think congress has ever overridden presidential veto on any budgetary bill. So it is fairly safe to say that the president has had the final approval (or at least agreed to) over federal spending. The government (in general) cannot spend without his approval. So it is a bit disingenuous of you to pass the buck and not hold presidents accountable for spending under their watch.

If a president doesn't like the way congress spends, veto it and send it back. Clinton did (or threatened to if he didn't like what was coming). There are many reasons for the deficits we are currently running (not all the fault of Bush), but Bush is responsible all the same. He signed the spending bills.
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