OUR SYSTEM - OUR SYSTEM AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM 9/7/2010...

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OUR SYSTEM AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM 9/7/2010 3 BRANCHES - Legislature : Congress o They have to declare a war not just a president alone: many times president do jump into external affairs and do so without a title. - Executive: president o Presidents cannot fix everything in fact they really don’t. (BP Oil Leak) - Judicial Do we want the three branches to work together all of the time!? (Gridlock) Is one more powerful than the other two branches? Is the one branch playing too big a role? (Bush years) Why checks and Balances? - Absolute power corrupts absolutely - All branches could become absolute and merit checking - Each branch has a responsibility to check the other branches should get out of line - Checks and balances may promote policy gridlock: could have a bad effect. - Ultimately the Constitution is based on Trust o The Idea of the Checks and Balances is when if one stream goes airy then we trust that another entity will step up and help the system back to order. Congress Abdicates Responsibility: whose fault is it anyway to allow the executive branch to override? -
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course ENVD 3114 taught by Professor Pyatt during the Spring '10 term at University of Colorado Denver.

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OUR SYSTEM - OUR SYSTEM AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM 9/7/2010...

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