Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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I really think Bush has screwed up so bad if the guy died one of the Republicans would switch parties. This nation is in such precarious shape right now some of these politicians may even be turning into moral people again. Control of the Senate is no where near as important as control of the House anyway, the House has always been he source of the Democrat's power since the days of FDR, while the Senate has always see-sawed back and forth. The founding fathers gave most of the power to the House, in order for a bill to begin its process to law, it must originate in the House in 99% of the circumstances. The Senate was actually envisioned as a strictly advisory body of wise men whose consent was necessary to make a bill law. That gives them, and the President great power, but there is one place they have little: spending. If you veto or refuse to consent to a spending bill, you don't get any money. The House gets the purse strings. Say they wanted to stop the war in Iraq. They would simply appropriate money that could only be used to bring the troops home. If the president vetoed the bill, he wouldn't have any money at all.
The other area is in investigations. Since the House has the money, it can spend all it wants on investigations, while the Senate on the other hand has to work within whatever money the House gave them. Senate investigations tend to be wordy, cerebral affairs of pompous speech making, while House investigations, well, they are a whole lot more like being in trouble with the cops.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address