Via Ezra Klein, an article on the refusal by the overseer of Fanny and Freddy to okay a plan to offer forgiveness of housing debts. I know very little about the pros and cons of the policy which Mr. DeMarco is rejecting, other than a number of liberal economists think it's a good idea. DeMarco seems to argue it would be bad in the long run, which as a bureaucrat he doesn't like.
Instead of worrying about the policy, I just want to point out another instance of our weak government. Whereas in a parliamentary system there'd be no problem in the prime minister getting such a policy executed, in our system there's a hurdle. DeMarco has an independent source of power, making it difficult for the President to make a policy change. This isn't a case of federalism, which is what I usually point to when I write about weak government, but structure at the national level. But both federalism and structure reflect our suspicion of governmental power, typical of the American society.