Column: Stronger Congress can check, balance imperial presidency



In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Barack Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress and listed well more than a dozen actions he plans to take by executive order.

“Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

Plenty of people were happy about this. The speech was applauded by pundits who have given up on Congress and believe the only way to move forward is by strengthening the presidency.

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