Is It Possible to Reorient the Presidency?

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The American presidency is a deeply weird job: The president’s legitimate constitutional powers and his fundamental responsibilities have overwhelmingly to do with foreign affairs and national security, but almost all the political juice is in domestic events shaped mainly by Congress and other forces beyond his control, such as economic cycles. Presidential politics are governed by a perverse Pareto Principle: 80 percent of a president’s career depends on concerns that should take up, at most, about 20 percent of his resources, including his mental resources and his time. … contra the confidence of presidential advisers such as my friend Larry Kudlow, there is relatively little presidents can do that directly affects economic growth, employment, wages, and such in the near term.” (07/04/21)