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The Las Vegas Review-Journal | 08/07/1999

EDITORIALS
The imperial presidency

One of the seldom publicized ways the power of the central government has grown in recent decades has been through the use of presidential executive orders . ...

Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, along with Washington state Republican Jack Metcalf, has introduced H.R. 2655, which would curb the power of any president to issue executive orders whose scope and subject matter are not specifically authorized by the Constitution or by a law passed by Congress. ...

An article by Catherine Edwards in the current issue of Insight magazine (www.insightmag.com/articles/story4.html) outlines the scope of the problem. For instance, although the Kyoto treaty on global warming has not been presented to the U.S. Senate for ratification and would almost certainly fail if it were, the president has issued a number of executive orders to implement specific provisions of the treaty. ...

American Heritage Rivers Initiative Executive Order 13061 designated 14 rivers as federal property, with those areas running through private property to be seized. Presidential Decision Directive 25 enables the U.S. military to be put under the command of the United Nations without congressional approval. ...

The imperial presidency built up over most of this century is neither inevitable nor desirable, but it will take concerted effort to trim the arbitrary powers presidents have grabbed.


 

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