Have you discovered The Alexandria Project?
We all know that the threat of cyber attack is growing dramatically (don’t we?), and that the most urgent duty of government is to protect the populace (isn’t it?) Assuming that’s the case, how are we to explain the recent collapse of an effort to pass essential cybersecurity legislation? And what, if anything, can be done about it?
Well, that’s a poser, as they say. A rightly heralded accomplishment of the Founding Fathers of the United States was their creation of a tri-partite form of government with carefully balanced powers. Those powers were intended to prevent any one of the branches – executive, legislative or judicial – from becoming too powerful. Unfortunately, checks and balances can only stop things from happening, and our forefathers weren’t quite as successful at creating a system where one branch can goad another into action when it’s falling down on the job.
The result is that the Executive Branch has had an increasingly hard time over the past decade in getting its agenda through Congress, unless the President’s party also holds a commanding lead in both Houses of Congress.
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Still, the President does have a few dramatic powers at his disposal that can result in uncharacteristically swift and dramatic results, notwithstanding those checks and balances. Chief among them is the ability to take actions by “Executive Order” – in effect, to create law within certain vaguely defined boundaries without any involvement of Congress at all. Not long ago, President Obama used this power to put his own, more limited version of the “Dream Act” in place after Congress failed to act on immigration reform.