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Is the executive branch the most powerful branch of our government? If so, say why. If not, say the most powerful branch and why. Thanks.

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There will be much in way of debate on this particular question.  I would say that a case can be made for the legislative branch having the most amount of power.  The fact that the Framers were very mindful of not empowering one person who could do damage to the framework of government, such as King George of England, the framers' vision of the legislative branch was intended to limit the potential abuse of centralized authority.  This might be why there are so many powers granted to the legislative branch, such as the power to declare war, the ability to levy taxes, and to coin money.

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It really depends on who you ask, and in many ways the time period in which you choose to examine the three branches. ...

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I believe that the executive branch has acquired more power over time.  It largely depends on the president who is in power. A president who is a strong politicain and who knows how to work the system can have immense power.  In a time when Congress is stalemated due to politics, the president can use his influence to shape policy.  I think that this is very true of the Obama Administration and the Health Bill that was passed.  The president also has opportunity to appoint Supreme Court justices.  These justices can help shape policy by the rulings developed.  Again President Obama has the opportunity to do this with the resignation of Judge Stevens.  I believe that power shifts from time to time.  The founding fathers created a system of checks and balnces.  It may not be perfect but over time there is a balance of power.

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well the president does control the millatary so therefore he can almost force anything on anybody