06 Mar 2006 Whither the Line Item Veto?
In my view the Court was wrong to strike it down the last time, but since, after close consultation with me, the Court decided otherwise (okay, I made up the part about consulting with me), I don’t see a lot of hope for the new version. Admittedly, I have only spent about five minutes considering the question, but whence does the President get the Constitutional authority to compel the Congress to hold a vote?
I favor tools that buttress the good work of anyone trying to responsibly tame the federal spending monster, but I fear that we may be over-emphasizing the acquisition of tools and under-emphasizing the difficult and controversial work of simply cutting spending and reforming and modernizing our entitlement programs.
Addendum, March 7: SCOTUSBlog has further analysis.