"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
McConnell publicly stated his job was to make Obama a One term President. The gimmick of holding a few seconds opening and closing back fired! Now we can start protecting people from the greed!
Obama also made 3 appointments to the NLRB. Good for him!
Last edited by MaryAnne; 01-05-12 at 07:08 AM.
Obama defies Congress with 'recess' picks - Washington Times
Now I have a problem with recess appointments regardless of who is President. Unless it is a National emergency (I.e. the Sec. of Defense dies while Congress is in Recess) that no one should be appointed without Congressional approval if Congressional approval is required.Pushing the limits of his recess appointment powers, President Obama on Wednesday bypassed the Senate to install three members of the National Labor Relations Board and a director for the controversial new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - moves Republicans said amounted to unconstitutional power grabs.
Mr. Obama said the appointments, which he previewed during a campaign-style speech in Ohio, were necessary because Senate Republicans have blocked him at every turn. But in making the move, he rejected three precedents, including two in which he played a part, that would have blocked the appointments.
“I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer,” Mr. Obama said in Shaker Heights, drawing applause from his audience. “When Congress refuses to act and as a result hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.”
To me what makes this worse is that Congress (Senate) was NOT in recess when Pres. B.O. made these appointments.
Its just another example of a power grab and a disregard for the Constitutional process'.
Seems to me that we, the people, need to do some serious house cleaning this November. All of the House, 1/3 of the Senate and the President is up for re-election this November.
Either we can sit here and complain about the "same ole, same ole" point fingers and play the blame game or we can do something about it and get rid of each and every one of them.
Know the truth and the truth will make you mad, because the truth has no agenda.
Also, yes, I am aware the Dems use this tactic as well and that is wrong too. When the Dems used tactics like the GOP is doing now, the conservatives called the Dems "Obstructionists". So where is the conservatievs cry of obstructionists against the GOP now? All we hear are crickets. F***ing hypocrits the conservatives are.
We may have a partisan government, but we should not have a dysfunctional one.
Last edited by TheNextEra; 01-05-12 at 08:56 AM.
Hey, if the President wants to say that anytime the doors are closed in the Senate that they are in recess, take it.
For clarification, how many of the Bush recess appointments were made while the Senate was in pro-forma sessions?
Don't worry, I already know the answer, its 0. The shortest recess during which a presidential appointment has been made in the past 20 years was 10 days, according to CRS.
Here is a nice summary of what the issue is
What is a recess appointment? - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post
If you would research, you would see that the Senate GOP laid out their issues on this appointment long ago. You can also easily research it. It is you who are misinformed.