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America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

Gene Healy joins us to talk about the growing power of the Executive Branch. What are the President’s actual duties according to the U.S. Constitution?

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What does Article 2 of the Constitution say about the powers of the Executive Branch? How did we get to where we are now, with the executive wielding so much discretionary power? And is there anything we can do about it? Gene Healy, vice president of the Cato Institute and author of The Cult of the Presidency and False Idol joins us to answer these questions and more about America’s most popular branch of government.

Show Notes and Further Reading

F. H. Buckley, The Once and Future King (book)

Juan Linz, The Perils of Presidentialism (article)

Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World (book)

Gawker Video at 2012 Democratic National Conference, “Ask the DNC: Is Romney Ready for the Kill List?” (video)

Theodore Lowi, The Personal President: Power Invested, Promise Unfulfilled (book)

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Rating the Presidents: Washington to Clinton (article)

Siena College Research Institute Presidential Ranking Survey

U.S. News and World Report, The 10 Worst Presidents (article)