January 04, 2006

A Trope from Wayback

from - smijer

Remember the Line Item Veto? There was a time, during the Reagan years, when it was thought that the President just couldn't do without it - especially if he hoped to have a balanced budget without all that pork. What I didn't remember was that Bill Clinton was the first to actually use it, and that - thankfully - it was shortly thereafter declared unconstitutional.

Back in the '80s, I couldn't think of a single good reason not to have it (granted, Reagan took office when I was 8 and left when I was 16 - that may have something to do with it). Now, I think I see the danger.

The moral? I guess it takes 20 years to figure some stuff out. Or maybe it has something to do with keeping checks and balances. I just hope that the Bush admin's attempts to create a virtual line-item veto by creative interpretation at signing. Same link from yesterday's post. My head's still spinning about this one.

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Posted by smijer at January 4, 2006 08:07 AM
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