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Why Do People Blame The President For The US Political Problems?

  1. crazyhorsesghost profile image75
    crazyhorsesghostposted 5 years ago

    Why Do People Blame The President For The US Political Problems?

    You know I find it amazing that people will come on sites all over the internet and try to blame the US President for all of the worlds troubles and for everything from the cost of a can of tuna to the cost of a gallon of gas. In case you don't know the President can do very little with out the U.S. Congress and Senate. Currently the Democrats control the Senate and the Republicans control Congress. With out the support of both the President can do very little. I think its funny how people point the finger of blame at the President when they should be blaming the Senate and Congress.

  2. joanwz profile image74
    joanwzposted 5 years ago

    President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that read :"The buck stops here." That saying derived from the phrase "passing the buck"  which was slang for passing the responsibility onto others, and not in the nice sense of delegating responsibility. Truman believed that, as the country's leader, the buck needed to stop with his office. As leader, he was - and should be - responsible for where the country is headed, and as such he should earn the accolades when things go right or the get the blame for things that go wrong. I believe that anyone who wants to be President should consider taking this philocophy to heart.

    It doesn't matter which party the President belongs to, someone is not going to be happy with at least SOME of his performance. As President Lincoln once said: "You can please SOME of the people all of the time, ALL of the people some of the time; but you can't please ALL of the people ALL of the time." Even he recognized that with great power comes great responsibility, and that sooner or later, some blame is going to be assigned for things that go wrong, for things that people don't agree with, or for the things people just don't like.

    1. joanwz profile image74
      joanwzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, the President and the majority of Congress represent opposing parties, it kind of feeds into the "balance of power" thing that was built into the Constitution. It keeps one branch of government, or one party, from having all the power.

    2. Mitch Alan profile image80
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Joanwz, as long as they follow the Constitution...that is not often the case as of late. (increasingly less over the past 70 years)

  3. AlexDrinkH2O profile image79
    AlexDrinkH2Oposted 5 years ago

    Actually, the word "Congress" refers to both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives - the Democrats control the Senate and the Republicans control the House (not the "congress").  And a president can quite a lot without Congress - just look at Obama - he tries to do an end run around the legislature all the time.   Ronald Reagan had to deal with a Democrat congress for most of 8 years and he was a very effective president, fixing the mess Carter had left for him.  Obama was left with quite a mess as well.  Unfortunately he's made it even worse.

    1. Skarlet profile image86
      Skarletposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Couldn't have said it better myself.

    2. Mitch Alan profile image80
      Mitch Alanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly...This President has done more unconstitution "end runs" than any before him. There is plenty of blame to go around in Congress as well. To many have sided with, or cowered to, his policies. Washington is broken. The Liberal agenda grows.

  4. dianetrotter profile image70
    dianetrotterposted 5 years ago

    The president, regardless of party, is an easy target because everything he says is viewed based on political stance.  He (she in the future) is in position at the nation's highest level.  Media takes whatever he says and reports it from a political view.

  5. ib radmasters profile image60
    ib radmastersposted 5 years ago

    I blame the president for not accomplishing his campaign promises, and BTW one of them was that he would cross the aisle to get the job done. He clearly didn't do that in his first four years.

    He spent his last year of the first term campaigning for his reelection. This is not the job of the president, this is a personal goal. He went to over 200 fund raisers back and forth across the country, played a hundred games of golf.

    He spent his first two years with a democratic controlled congress and focused on reforming the health care industry instead of focusing on the economy, unemployment and reigning in the financial institutions that caused the economic collapse in the first place.