Friday, December 14, 2007

Imagining a Ron Paul Presidency

A colleague laid out something of a case for Ron Paul a while back, and it’s been nagging at me…

Imagine, for a moment, Ron Paul becomes president. (Stop laughing. This is an intellectual exercise.)

So a Democratic, or even Republican Congress completes the appropriations process, and sends President Paul the funding bill for, say, the Commerce Department. Ron Paul doesn’t think we should have a Commerce Department, so he vetoes it.

Congress either overrides it, or maybe with enough folks to sustain veto. Suddenly the appropriators of both parties find themselves constantly bumping up against a president who forces them, for the first time in anyone's memory, to justify the existence of this federal department and its attending bureaucracy, much less the size of its budget. In the meantime, Paul may not appoint a Commerce Secretary, since he thinks we don’t need a department. Or any of the undersecretaries. Or Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development….

Read more here.

No comments: