• The Executive Branch

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    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the branch and how it can be problematic. How the president can use his power to alleviate some of the difficulties is discussed. Colin Powell is used as an example of an individual who has not been fully aligned with the administration. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    The Executive Branch - paper properly!  Presidents have a lot of power. In fact, the President of the United States, sometimes referred to as POTUS, is perhaps the most powerful man in the world. Yet, despite  that fact, he sometimes feels out of control. As demonstrated on NBCs The West Wing, the president has dozens of people behind him, researching and troubleshooting. Obviously, he cannot do  everything himself. Still, by having such a large staff, it seems that bureaucracy can become problematic. According to a student: "Perhaps one of the greatest challenges to any president is  the extent to which he can manage the leviathan-like federal bureaucracy. For example, some scholars have suggested that the federal bureaucracy tends to "drift" away from the policies of presidential  administrations. Others have suggested that bureaucrats get "captured" by the very interests they serve." What are the difficulties that presidents confront while trying to manage the executive bureaucracy? What tools  is the president equipped with to effectively combat these problems? Perhaps the most obvious of the problems that presidents encounter is the bureaucratic nightmare that is the Congress. There is  often what is called gridlock and this is when bills cannot get passed because there are two parties that cannot seem to compromise. There may be a certain amount of  party members on one side of the argument and then another. When Congress has an even amount of Democrats and Republicans, or thereabouts, things become problematic at times. There are  other situations too that create havoc and when the president uses his power of veto, he can add to the problem. Even after a Congress has hashed out a bill, 

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