- - Thursday, August 11, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The wheels of our three branches of government are enormously out of balance. The judicial branch decides that health insurance premiums are taxes, the executive branch legislates via executive order, the legislative branch writes laws, and government agencies take charge.

If all goes well with agency doings, the legislative branch takes credit. If not, Congress puts the blame on those agencies, which consist of unelected folks, some of whom rule like the British Parliament pre-1776.

And a judge orders lawyers at the Justice Department to take a remedial ethics course.

“We the People,” who are constitutionally in charge of this government, can’t take the three branches of government to the local garage for wheel alignment or have brakes put on agencies that are acting like bumper cars. As for lawyers at the Justice Department, we must trust the remedial efforts.

And then there are the two major-party presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

As my grandma would say in times of consternation, “Lawsy, lawsy, what’s this world coming to?”

TOM PIERPOINT

Lake Ridge, Va.

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