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1 point

While Congress can override some of the president’s decisions, it is difficult to do so. For Congress to override a presidential veto, ⅔ of both chambers have to vote for it. That is not as simple as it sounds. To get that many people to agree is pretty difficult.

Even though Congress can override a presidential veto, it does not happen very often. Over the course of American history, 111 out of 2579 vetoes have successfully been overridden by Congress. While the president’s appointments have to be approved by Congress, they still only have the option to ratify who the president appoints. Congress cannot approve anyone for a government job, unless the president believed in them enough to appoint them in the first place.

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While Congress has more powers in foreign policy, the president has more powerful powers in foreign policy. According to the Constitution, the president has the power to appoint ambassadors and receive ambassadors from other countries. This allows the president to control who interacts with other countries, and control how we interact and communicate with other countries. The president is seen as the face of the country, giving him a lot of power in the press. Thusly, he can control how other countries are portrayed in the media with his ability to set the agenda. Congress does not have this much power in controlling the media. While Congress has to ratify treaties with the president, the president always has the option to make an executive agreement with another country. With an executive agreement, Congress does not have to ratify it, so the president can control foreign policy without a check from Congress.

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While Congress has the enumerated powers, the president also has powers given to him in the constitution. The constitution grants the president the title of Commander in Chief, which gives the president the role of highest ranking member of the military. This gives him most of the control over the army and navy. While Congress may be able to control some aspects of the military, they do not have as much control as the president. The Constitution also gives the president the responsibility of implementing laws. This means that he could either sign a bill into law, or veto a bill. The president can control which bills are actually signed into power, which limits the ability of Congress to enforce their bills. The president has the power to appoint certain government officials, such as Supreme Court Judges and ambassadors. This allows the president to control who interacts with other countries, and to control the Supreme Court to a certain degree.

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The president can make many decisions on his own, without needing approval from Congress. The president’s executive privilege allows him to keep information hidden from the public. He does not have to keep total transparency. This allows him to make decisions in secret, decisions that do not have to be approved by another branch. The president also has the ability to make executive orders, where the president can make decisions and enact laws without ratification from the legislative branch. Congress cannot change or repeal an executive order, only the following president can. One last power the president has is his position as Commander in Chief. This gives the president most of the control of the army. He can order the army and make decisions that Congress cannot change. These presidential powers that do not require Congress’ approval increase the power of the president.

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The president has a great ability to influence the people. The president has a large platform, and can garner a lot of public support. He can use public support to benefit the success of his policy, and undermine Congress. The president also has a massive bully pulpit, which is his ability to reach the entire nation. This makes it easy for the president to reach the entire nation. The president also has a lot of influence when it comes to setting the agenda. With agenda setting, the president can control what the nation and the media focuses on, and can sway the public to support him. The president’s popularity allows him to have a lot of influence.

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The president’s ability to move quickly makes him more powerful than Congress. One power that allows the president to move more efficiently is the ability to make to make an executive order. For example, in 2013, Barack Obama made an executive order to call for the preparation against the effects of climate change against the U.S.. If this had gone through Congress, it would have taken at least six months for a decision to be made. The president also has the power to create an executive agreement. This is where the president makes an agreement with the leader of another country without ratification from Congress. Executive agreements allow the president to quickly create foreign policy, without having to wait for Congressional approval. Finally, the president has executive privilege, which means he is allowed to keep secrets. This means he can make decisions and do things without having to tell anyone. If he does not have to tell anyone, then he can do a lot without being hindered by anyone who disagrees. All these powers allow the president to work more effectively than Congress.

2 points

Yes, the federal government did use the necessary and proper clause to make a law outside of what is allowed in the enumerated powers. However, they did this in a very positive way. For example, with creating national bank, Congress allowed for the fair distribution of credit, security of deposits, price stability, mobilization of resources, and banking facilities for impoverished areas. Congress used the necessary and proper clause to benefit the United States, and this what they intend to continue doing. The system of checks and balances will ensure that this clause is not abused.

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However much we admire brave Daniel Shays, people have to pay their taxes. And let's not forget, HE WAS REBELLING AGAINST STATE TAXES. The new central government will not be able to impose direct taxes, as stated in the enumerated powers, "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken."

3 points

The federal government does not wish to impede on states” rights with the power granted to them in the necessary and proper clause. This clause is in place to allow the federal government to pass laws that the country needs as a whole, not just whatever Congress wants. The system of checks and balances will make sure that this power is not abused.

4 points

The standing army is not in place to suppress and/or harm the States. As can be seen in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, states are still allowed to form and regulate their own militias, for their own, small scale protection. The standing army is to protect the country as a whole, not to go against itself.

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