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Thursday Trivia

By FederalDaily Staff

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What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

A. election of the President every 4 years
B. checks and balances
C. election of members of Congress
D. state governments

 

 

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B. checks and balances

With this in mind the framers wrote the Constitution to provide for a separation of powers, or three separate branches of government. Each has its own responsibilities and at the same time they work together to make the country run smoothly and to assure that the rights of citizens are not ignored or disallowed. This is done through checks and balances. A branch may use its powers to check the powers of the other two in order to maintain a balance of power among the three branches of government.

Excerpt is taken from http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/branches.html

 

 

Posted by Jeff Rae on Sep 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM


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