Red Green wrote:doggedlyright wrote:
The President of the USA has very little control over the public purse. That control is in the Senate and Congress. The blame for over spending lies in those houses. If the President had line item veto, then the practice of boon doggle spending in the congressional districts would be reduced significantly.
You seem to think that Bush has been fiscally conservative. See my post above. He gave us the first new entitlement program in a decade, expanded the Dept. of Education with Sen. Kennedy..... he has a veto pen and he has not seen fit to use it with all the excesses of congress. Indeed, he has encouraged such excesses.
When did I say or suggest he was fiscally conservative?
You have failed to read my post. The POUS does not have line item veto. If he did have that constitutional right, then the excesses of bring back the goodies to the congressional districts would be curtailed significantly.
Look, I understand you believe Bush is an idiot. I do not feel that way at all. I am not suggesting that he was the best President ever, but given the times and the events of the world during his term of office, he was the man for the job and he has done it well.
At least he has not disrespected the Office of the Presidency and seek BJ's in the washrooms and did not but over night stays in the WH out to the highest bidders.