Wonderbolt wrote:Non-American here, I've been trying to find good resources on this, but so far haven't really been able to. Is there any good explanation out there of what exactly a president can do without going through congress/senate/etc? That would clarify a lot for me in terms of what Trump would actually be able to do.
Many federal laws are written so that the executive can make guidelines that determine the details of there implementation.
For example: federal drug laws are written in the form of "Schedule <X> control". The Food and Drug administration determines what schedule a drug belongs to. The reason for this is that thousands of drugs must be scheduled and new scientific information may radically change the appropriate policies for a drug.
Basically, there's usually some level of interpretation in how
the executive branch will do what it does.
The federal government also distributes money to state/local governments for areas traditionally under their control. These distributions are conditional.
Some of these conditions are obvious (education money must be spent on education), some are controversial (educational institutions cannot segregate bathrooms by legal sex, only self-identified sex), and some are downright weird (highway money is conditional on maintaining laws forbidding drinking under 21).
Of the things on the list, I'd say without the help of congress at all, Trump could do 2.3, 3.1, and 3.3. The executive fully has the authority power to do 3.4, but more means (aka money) would be needed to do it on the scale he's discussed.
The thing about recursion problems is that they tend to contain other recursion problems.