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Do you think a line item veto on budget items that would apply only to budget expenditures would be a good idea?

Asked by iamthemob (17123 points ) March 12th, 2011

Line-item vetoes are a dangerous thing potentially, considering that there is the possibility of abuse and the high majority it generally takes for the legislature to overturn the veto.

But, what about a limited veto on expenditures? Considering the spending insanity in the federal government today, there is pretty much one thing I think we can all agree on…we need less of it.

A line item on the budget generally would, of course, allow for partisan action on cuts by the Executive – increasing spending potentially. However, if it were only about expenditures, we’d know that we were really only spending on things that most of us – or at least our representatives – would agree on.

What do people thing? What are the problems…and are there ways this could be controlled for?

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