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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Patrick Louis Knudsen
While the rest of the public was enjoying Thanksgiving turkey and kicking off the start of the Christmas shopping season, the federal government put another $237 billion on its limitless credit card. That's Washington's version of austerity. Instead of doing something about the runaway deficits, Capitol Hill is doing everything it can to avoid conflict.
Members of Congress, even with supercommittee powers, are incapable of cutting spending. With the public debt growing more and more out of control, something has to be done. So House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, joined his ranking member, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, in reviving the idea of a line-item veto on Wednesday.
Patrick Louis Knudsen, senior budget fellow at the Heritage Foundation, explained that, "The Line Item Veto Act of 1996 was found unconstitutional because it violated the 'presentment' clause - which says that when Congress sends a bill to the president, the president either signs or vetoes the entire bill - he cannot reject part of it."
"I know Chairman Ryan has worked strenuously to thread that constitutional needle," Mr. Knudsen said. "Whether he has succeeded, the court would have to decide."