Is More Presidential Power Necessary in the Modern World? A Soho Forum Debate
Do U.S. presidents need fast-track authority or should their power be sharply curtailed? In order to save our democracy, says Stanford University political scientist Terry Moe, we have to make the U.S. government faster, more efficient, and more effective—and we can do that by expanding the power of the executive branch to use “fast-track” authority to approve all types of legislation. Moe, the co-author of Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy, wants Congress to have the power to approve or deny these laws through an “up or down” vote (but not to add amendments or filibuster their passage).
The Cato Institute’s Gene Healy says that non-libertarians of all political persuasions suffer from a “dangerous devotion” to the “boundless nature of presidential respons
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