Doing Your Job

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On this week's This Week, George Stephanopoulos read a letter from a viewer who asked, "With nearly all of the nation's governors, nearly 80 senators and a majority of Congress supporting emergency funding of AmeriCorps, how can President Bush sit by and do nothing as a vital program he profresses to support is being wiped out by his budget?"

Perhaps I am missing something, but if a majority in both houses support it, what's the problem? It's not like Bush will veto a bill that calls for "emergency funding for AmeriCorps."

I am continually amazed and saddened by the overemphasis on the President in the budgetary and lawmaking process. This is the job of the Congress. The job of raising revenue, specifically, belongs to the House.

So what if the President is "sitting by and doing nothing?" It is not his job to do something, it is Congress' job, and if nothing is getting done on this front, it is because they are sitting by, and doing nothing. I really wish Congress would one day just completely ignore the President's budget requests and do their own. That would make me happy.

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