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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2022 9:29 p.m. PST

"The last few years have demonstrated just how much of the presidency isn't written down. The transition from Donald Trump to President Biden did not spark significant statutory reform that altered the written confines of the executive branch. And yet, the presidency looks and feels very different based on the person in power and the customs and norms that surround the Oval Office. The cabinet is the best example of how unwritten rules govern the presidency, all thanks to a precedent established by George Washington.

The Constitution provides two options, both in Article II, for the president to obtain advice and support. First, the president shall receive the advice and consent of the Senate on treaties and foreign appointments. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention expected that the Senate would serve as a council on foreign policy and provide guidance on diplomatic questions. Second, the president may request written advice from the department secretaries on matters pertaining to their portfolios. The delegates specified written advice because they wanted to preserve transparency and responsibility at the highest levels of the executive branch. If there was a written record, Americans would know who to blame for bad policies…"

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GurKhan21 Jun 2022 3:57 a.m. PST

I thought this was going to be a story about Transformer-style furniture. Pulp, maybe, or magic realism. Or horror, like the Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2022 5:15 a.m. PST

You mean this wasn't a cabinet competition between Washington and Jefferson on the most unique cabinet, hosted by the early continental PBS?

Stryderg21 Jun 2022 6:32 a.m. PST

A woodworking competition where the goal is a cabinet that could also serve as a table or chair would be cool.

doc mcb21 Jun 2022 2:57 p.m. PST

Twenty-six senators would be a pretty big advisory council. One hundred is ridiculous.

doc mcb21 Jun 2022 2:59 p.m. PST

Glenn Reynolds has proposed, otoh, that the Supreme Court have 59 justices: nine appointed by the president, as now, for life, plus one appointed for two years by each governor.
I like that idea.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2022 3:16 p.m. PST



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