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Kathy, great information that I was trying to put together myself. I read many of the comments and scratched my head as I understood exactly that what you posted are facts that don’t connate good or bad. The good or bad is a matter of perspective and while having the major accomplishments of each Congress might be interesting for bills passed it wouldn’t tell us what wasn’t passed that maybe should have been. FWIW, I agree on your starting point. The problem with going back even to the 1930’s is that the great depression and WWII both created untypical periods of actions.

How does the system of checks and balances affect the way the government works?

Checks and Balances Game

The U.S. Government is made of three equally powerful parts: the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Each branch has some authority over the other two, ensuring that no single branch becomes too powerful.

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Do you think the system of checks and balances was used, misused, or not used in war situations?

Another system that was developed was the system of checks andbalances. Checks and balances, or the separation of powers, is basedupon the philosophy of Baron de Montesquieau. In this system thegovernment was to be divided into three branches of government, eachbranch having particular powers.

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This amendment provides the basis for civil rights, and further democratization of the electorate was guaranteed in subsequent ones.
For example, presidential elections and the internal organization of Congress rely on the party system.
While the structure it created remains the same, the Constitution has been changed by amendments, interpretation, new practices, and intermediary institutions.
In the United States, the government is divided into three branches: the legislative (Congress), the executive (President), and the judicial (Supreme Court).

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Criticisms of the separation of powers and checks and balancesconcepts point out that such arrangements make policy making morecumbersome and time consuming than it needs to be and that in fact itcan result easily in a deadlock in which government is unable to takeany action at all. Moreover, it is also said to be undemocratic, inthat it places barriers to the absolute power of the majority todetermine public policy by imposing on majorities the need to bargainwith (and make concessions to) minorities that have managed to gaindisproportionate influence on one or another branch or level of thefederal system of multiple governmental institutions. For thesereasons, political thinkers who see government as the primaryinstrumentality for the community to successfully combat or adjust toan on-going series of emergencies that have no other possible remedytend to be very suspicious of such decentralized powerarrangements. On the other hand, political thinkers that see societyand the economy as largely self-regulating organisms that needrelatively little in the way of new policy initiatives from governmentfor their successful functioning tend to take a more favorable view ofchecks and balances.

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By creating three branches of government, the delegates built a "check and balance" system into the Constitution. This system was built so that no one branch of our government could become too powerful.