Congress has the power |

Congress has the power


Congress has the sole constitutionally authorized ability to make all laws and legislation for execution of the powers vested in the government of the United States. This power is not extended to the President.

The rhetoric from Presidential candidates is filled with obscure generalities. They describe and acknowledge problems with the allusion, if not an outright promise, that they can solve the problems if elected to the Presidency. Yet, the solution to our major problems rests only with the 535 elected members of the U.S. Congress not the President. It would be wise if we, the American voter and the media, paid as much, if not more, attention to the qualifications of the candidates for Congress.

Congress has the singular power to produce our nation’s income, lay and collect taxes. They have the exclusive ability to borrow money on the credit of the United States and pay debts. These are the components that have created and continue to enlarge our national debt.

Congress has the solitary authority to regulate commerce, which is the economy. Programs affecting commerce must be legislated by the Congress. The President cannot force even the initiation of legislation much less its passage. He can only veto it when and if passed. And, Congress, although difficult, can override a Presidential veto.

It is said that the President can propose legislation. For those candidates who are or were members of the Congress, why haven’t they introduced their problem solving programs while in the Congress? Even a Governor can recommend or propose legislation to the Representatives and Senators from his state. In fact a person does not have to hold any office to propose or recommend legislation to their representatives. How would being President enable them to solve problems while they would have no direct authority or power to so do?

If we want solutions we must look to our Congressional representatives.

Ben Justus