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Take back power from the President

2014-07-27T00:00:00Z 2014-07-28T09:25:05Z Take back power from the President The Billings Gazette
July 27, 2014 12:00 am

I think it's far past time that the American people demand that Congress revoke the "state of emergency" declared by FDR, the one recently extended or declared by President Barack Obama and any others that might be out there still in effect, no matter who declared them. As I recall, this was last considered by the Democrats in Congress when Richard Nixon was president. So it's not a new idea.

I would hope this would greatly reduce the president's power over domestic affairs, which is supposed to be very limited, and might perhaps return some power to Congress and thus to the people. I have written to our congressional delegation asking that they do this and also to explain to me just what powers this gives to the president and at what cost to the powers of Congress and the people.

Basically the citizens of the United States have been far too disconnected and apathetic, and this must stop — no matter who or what party is in the White House. The executive branch needs its horns shortened to stop its overreach into areas reserved for Congress or the states.

Daniel W. Phariss

Big Timber

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