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17. Which of the following was designed to ensure that the President would not gain dictatorial powers over government?
a. the system of checks and balances
b. the Elastic Clause
c. the Electoral College
d. the Cabinet

System of checks and balances gave each branch the power to check, or stop, the others in certain ways.

Electoral College- group of electors

Cabinet- Officials that head the major departments of the executive branch.

Elastic Clause- a statement in the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8) granting Congress the power to pass all laws necessary and proper for carrying out the enumerated list of powers.



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    The elastic clause was one of the several checks and balances written in the Constitution. This system is designed to keep any individual (President) or group (Congress, Supreme Court) from having too much power. Each branch of government is checked by the other two branches, thus balancing power among the three branches.

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