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    Suggested 26 US Constitution Amendments (Part 3 of 8): Executive Branch

    This PurpleSlog series will suggest 26 amendments, (plus 2 “stretch” amendments). Additionally I will note 9 common amendment ideas that I think should be passed on.

    This post: Suggested Executive Branch Amendments


    My Concern/Caveat: The list of amendments comes from years of thinking and note taking. I have documented the source/inspiration of the idea when remember it or have it noted. Some of the ideas where mine and then combined with like proposals. I will add further documentation as I find or as it is brought to my attention.

    Presidential Election Adjustment Amendment

    What

    • Replace Electoral College, but keep state electoral votes.
    • States must bind electoral votes to a President/Vice-President candidate pair among only those on the legal state ballot or that were written in sufficient quantity to win the state-wide contest automatically as the election result is certified.
    • The above is true, even if one or both candidates on a ticket have died.
    • If a an electoral vote is certified to a presidential candidate that has passed away, the new vice-president shall assume the presidency at the beginning of the term under normal succession rules, and nominate a new VP per normal vacancy replacement procedures.
    • If an electoral vote is certified to a vice-presidential candidate that has passed away, the president shall nominate a new VP per normal vacancy replacement procedures after the term begins.
    • If both candidates have passed away, normal rules of presidential succession apply, beginning with the speaker of the house upon the term beginning.
    • Explicitly state that the “Acting President” cannot appoint a Vice-President or Acting Vice-President.

    Why

    The electoral collage changes are just for the sake of efficiency and to avoid a potential constitutional crisis in the form of faithless electors. The sections involving death of a candidate who wins are introduced to avoid a potential constitutional crisis by defining the solution ahead of time.

    Presidential Pardon Power Restriction Amendment

    What

    Remove the Presidential pardon power as of October 1st of a Presidential year, till the end of such president’s term (regardless of who may assume the Acting Presidency or Succeed as president for the remainder of the term).

    Why

    Increases presidential accountability and reduces abuse by forcing all pardons to come to light before the presidential election take places. This is an accountability control.

    Spending Separation and Reduction Veto Amendment

    What

    Allows a special veto whereby the president can separate-out and reduce a spending amount up to and including zero. Congress has normal veto override power over this veto type.

    Update: I think the override vote on a spending veto will instead be required to be a public rollcall vote, if a vote is held.

    Why

    We know from Public Choice Theory that representatives respond to incentives and are therefore not driven to serve the public good, but instead to maximize there own benefits. Rent-seeking by special interest has caused spending to go out of control. This is a control on the spending. Also, a line-item veto can not be legislated into existence.

    The Executive Mansion,

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