The Presidency: Checking and Balancing

The Presidency

"We're arriving at the sensible center," contends Norman Ornstein, Catholic University's government scholar now on leave at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. "This Government is working just about as well as any system could."

Such heresy is the trademark of the genial Ornstein. He listens patiently to the endless yammering of the special interests and the experts, then gently suggests that they step back and look at the forest instead of their own imperfect tree. "James Madison [the Federalist) would be pleased if he were here," declares Ornstein. "The best features of the checks and balances...

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