Exactly right, glenn183. The power of the purse, and the power of impeachment were placed in the constitution precisely to put a "check and balance" on executive gov't by fiat. Andrew Jackson famously remarked, "They passed the law, let us see them enforce it". Refusal to enforce a law passed by Congress puts a check and balance on bad law. These confrontations bring the workings of gov't to the attention of the voters, and the winner is ultimately decided by the voters as they re-elect those of whose stands they approve. Bad law and bad executive action become the rule when these checks are not exercised. And it has become a big happy insidethebeltway club, with no one willing to expose the rot and corruption for fear of losing their share if they rock the boat. The solution, as always, is throw the rascals out. 2 or 3 elections in which the re-election rate is 50 % instead of 90 % plus, would restore gov't of the people, by the people, etc. We have exactly the gov't we have chosen.
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