I would argue that the point of the checks and balances is, at least in part, to limit government. Remember that when the system was designed, the people were under the tyrannical rule of a king. They wanted some say so in their own laws and government. The system of checks and balances was designed to keep one branch of the government from gaining too much power. Everyone answers to someone else and that keeps any one person or group from gaining an advantage. That's the idea anyway. This type of system does limit government. It is certainly slower to move through political channels rather than have one person who can make an instant decision. In many ways, our government is limited; however, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.