Author Gene Healy on The Bipartisan Romance with the Imperial Presidency.
Gene Healy, author of The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, discusses how the role of the President has changed from the vision of the Framers of the Constitution and the obstacles to returning it to its narrow, constitutional function.
Gene Healy is senior editor at the Cato Institute.
He is the author of a number of Cato studies on executive-power abuses by presidents of both parties, including Arrogance of Power Reborn: The Imperial Presidency and Foreign Policy in the Clinton Years (2001) and (with Timothy Lynch) Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush (2006). Healy also edited the 2004 book Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything. He has appeared on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation, among other venues, and his writings have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.
Healy holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.