Then your boy has a problem with this part of the Constitution....
Section 5:Now you can show us when Boehner gave permission to recess.Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
Transcript of the Constitution of the United States - Official Text
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
How long do you think that game will be played ? It is a fail before it starts. The rules are the rules. We are a nation of laws, not men. Obama is a cheap two-bit hack. That's it. But libs cannot admit that even when it walks like a duck, and looks like a duck, and talks like a duck, its a ****ing duck !!
The bottom line is that Obama has manned up over the past couple months. He's done trying to compromise with the scorched earth Republican Tea Party. From here on out I think you can expect that when the GOP does something to intentionally try to harm the country, and it is within President Obama's power to stop them, he's going to stop them no matter how much they cry about it. He stopped Boehner from imposing his tax increase on working people and now he's stopping them from sabotaging the functioning of the federal government by blocking all the key nominees. I think you can expect more of the same going forward. He tried for years to get them to work together with the Democrats and form bi-partisan compromises, but the GOP told the Democrats to go screw themselves every single time and did a lot of damage to the country in the process. That's over. From here on out, if the GOP want a war, they get a war.
Let's have a look at what the Constitution actually says about advice and consent.
Interesting. So two thirds of Senators are necessar to approve treaties, but NOT to approve "other Officers of the United States". Other officers, according to the Constitution, can be approved by a simple majority. So the filibuster of an appointment is a Congress-made rule -- not a Founder-made rule. And I would say that, once it's clear that Congress has no intention of performing its advise and consent function -- has thrown out the rule book -- the President should not be bound by Congress' rule.Article 2, Section 2:
[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
Of course that's not what happened here. In this case the President simply refused to give credence to the Republicans' ruse that they were not in recess, when for all practical purposes there were in recess.
Last edited by AdamT; 01-05-12 at 11:31 PM.
Just IMMHO. There are real troubles that are possible once we decide that rules are to be ignored at our convenience. Especially when done by the rule-maker, and supposed rule-abider, in charge.