When he’s right, he’s right!
Our ‘credit where credit is due’ department notes that President Bush has called on Congress to give him the authority of line-item veto. It was a good idea when Bill “balanced budget” Clinton signed it into law in 1996, and it’s still a good idea.
Of course both sides of the aisle opposed the law; they’re the ones tacking unrelated spending onto everything under the sun. My personal favorite was a provision for increased old-growth logging in the Pacific Northwest, sneaked into a relief bill for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. A lot of Congressional corruption and cowardace is hidden that way. I really like the idea of a president forcing it out into the spotlight for Congress to vote on separately and publically.