Section 7 of the Executive Branch

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Section 7 of the Executive Branch

  1. 1. Section 7: Just how powerful is the president of the united states?
  2. 2. Presidential “Rules” <ul><li>1. Move it or lose it - </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>do everything early in your term </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>2. Avoid details </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>keep only a few top priorities, if you try to do too much you get bogged down </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>3. Cabinets don’t get much accomplished, people do </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give well designed responsibilities to Cabinet members and watch them closely </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why presidential power has grown <ul><li>1. Champions of a stronger presidency have almost always prevailed </li></ul><ul><li>2. Provides unity - a single, commanding head </li></ul><ul><li>3. The US has become more industrialized and technological over time, thus people have demanded of it a more central role in life </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>4. The need for extraordinary, decisive action in times of national emergency </li></ul><ul><li>5. Congress has passed thousands of laws that expand the powers of the national government and delegates authority to the executive branch </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>6. Use of the mass media to attract attention </li></ul><ul><li>7. A more international world so easier to have one person dealing with other countries </li></ul>
  8. 8. Weak Presidency Arguments <ul><li>“ Pitiless, helpless giant” </li></ul><ul><li>Carter Arms Limitation with USSR not passed by Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Reagan couldn’t try anti-satellite Arms </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Weak cont. </li></ul><ul><li>Clinton health care plan ignored, House voted to impeach him </li></ul><ul><li>Subordinates can leak info and undercut programs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strong Presidency Arguments <ul><li>Strong Presidency: “Imperial Presidency” </li></ul><ul><li>JFK and LBK - Vietnam without war declaration </li></ul><ul><li>Bush Sr. - Saudi Arabia and First Persian Gulf War </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Strong cont. </li></ul><ul><li>Clinton - Kosovo without war declaration </li></ul><ul><li>GW Bush - Military tribunals and anti-terrorist laws </li></ul><ul><li>Lame Duck Period </li></ul><ul><li>Approval Ratings and mid-term elections </li></ul>
  12. 12. Presidents and their parties, Post WWII <ul><li>FDR - D </li></ul><ul><li>Truman - D </li></ul><ul><li>Ike - R </li></ul><ul><li>JFK - D </li></ul><ul><li>LBJ - D </li></ul><ul><li>Nixon - R </li></ul><ul><li>Ford - R </li></ul><ul><li>Carter - D </li></ul><ul><li>Reagan - R </li></ul><ul><li>Bush - R </li></ul><ul><li>Clinton - D </li></ul><ul><li>Bush - R </li></ul>

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