WASHINGTON - President Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to pay for the Iraq war but will carry through on his threat to veto any spending bill that sets a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal.It is impossible to say that Bush wants to "work with Democrats," but then also vocally declare that he will veto anything that he does not agree with. Essentially, he is saying: "I want to look like we agree." This "negotiation" is very one sided with Bush saying that it is his way, or not at all.
This is why our country has this system in place. Bush cannot control everything, so when the Bushies attack, the Democrats, can (but disappointingly don't) challenge them. It is a good thing that the line-by-line veto from many years back never passed. If it were, Bush could cut it out, thus removing congress' ability to regulate the white house.
The line-by-line veto only seems logical with democratic presidents (of course, there will always be something to contradict this) because they focus things on doing better. Bill Clinton turned this country around with his line-by-line veto because he removed all of the crap from bills so that only the core passed (think: no Bridge to Nowhere).