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Poll: Public Opposes Increased Presidential Power

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Poll: Public Opposes Increased Presidential Power Americans strongly oppose giving the president more power at the expense of Congress or the courts, even to enhance national security or the economy, according to a new poll. It found people wary of governmental authority after years of controversy over the Bush administration's expansion of executive power, and especially skeptical of increasing the president's powers. "There is clearly a concern about executive power and the balance of power that comes out in a couple of different ways," said Joseph Torsella, president of the Philadelphia-based organization.

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Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Current regulations encouraged the loans that have us in the position we are in. That's what we need to change." Regulations that were written and lobbied for by Phil Gramm (who economists say is #2 behind Allan Greenspan for this pickle)! He was Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and wrote the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that which changed laws from the Depression that separated banking, insurance and brokerage activities. Maybe it is the whole economic theory we need to change. It is scary to think this man helped write McCain's economic policy, and would probably be in his administration.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I was listening to POTUS on the way home from my 7pm meeting. They were talking about the mortgage crisis and had made the comment, it isn't more oversight we need, it's smarter regulations. Current regulations encouraged the loans that have us in the position we are in. That's what we need to change.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Also: are you really sad that even McCain says with a little more oversight we wouldn't be having such an issue with the banks right now?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Agreed Mich. I actually was negotiating a new treaty with Russia earlier (I hope Idahoans aren't too mad...kinda gave the state away to avert another cold war), and also I decided to levy some taxes on PA, when they cross the border they now have to pay me $5 a car to enter NY. The "US govt." is a little mad at me right now, but I think it's unfair that I'm bound by a Constitution I was BORN INTO. It's like the worst kind of contract, the only way I can get out of it is leaving the country! Federalism blows!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Agreed, Mich, I think a load of people were complaining! I just don't think anyone was really listening!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I think a lot of people were complaining during the Bush administration. I know I was, and I sure heard a lot of complaining about the Patriot Act.
stephley stephley 8 years
Maybe people should have been speaking up the past seven years as the Bush Administration assumed more and more power for the executive. Fat lot of good complaining about it now will do.
girlA girlA 8 years
To give that much power to one person is scary. It's why we vote for our congressmen/women and senators.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I would appreciate a little less governmental control over my life, thanks!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Well it's a start. Now if only people would also oppose increased powers for the congress and Supreme Court.
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