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Line-item veto

On the list of things most likely to get me worked up, the prospect of a line-item veto barely registers - but maybe I should care more; maybe it's a worrisome power grab by the executive branch. This bit by Brad Plumer (HT: Ezra Klein) strikes me as a sensible take on the matter. Upshot: the line-item veto does jack shit to "control spending" (money quote: "Pork isn't a big part of the federal budget, and never will be."), but can be used to great punitive effect (e.g., Congressman X fucks with President, President line-item vetoes pork spending for Congressman X's district).

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