July 01, 2005

Ending the Republic

It looks like Phil Carter kind of forgot for a moment what system of government the US runs. In an article on a VA funding shortfall he closes off with this sentiment.

The VA should not have to go, hat in hand, to Congress to ask for more money to care of them.

That's just wrong. The executive, in its entirety, has to go for every penny to the legislature. That's a fundamental part of our system of government. If it didn't have to, the legislature could just go home because it has no practical means of enforcing its will except through the power of the purse. Independent funding means no meaningful oversight or control of the executive. Without that, the republic is merely a fiction and we have an elective dictatorship.

Posted by TMLutas at July 1, 2005 11:11 AM