UPDATE: We’ll be talking about this with retired US Senate Secretary Elizabeth Letchworth tonight on my radio program. Join us at 9p ET for The ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW.
President Obama circumvented Senate GOP opposition and recess-appoint his nominee Richard Cordray to head a new consumer bureau.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Obama “arrogantly circumvented the American people” and said the decision “fundamentally endangers” Congress’s ability to check the “excesses of the executive branch.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the effort an “extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab … [that] would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our Constitution.”
He also hinted that a legal challenge could be in the works, adding he expects “the courts will find the appointment to be illegitimate.”
Ooooh… I’ll bet Obama’s bony knees are knocking with fear over what Congress might do.
Oh wait… it’s the toothless Congress! Silly me.
Obama is forming (has formed) his own shadow government. How many czars does he need? He ignores the will of Congress by appointing his own “cabinet” of regulators, but Congress is too busy traveling on exotic jaunts to pay attention, or care, or just do their job. These Obama appointed czars are not accountable to Congress, making Congress completely irrelevant. But then, I repeat myself.
At least that’s how we see it here in taxpayerland.
If the Senate is technically in session (pro-forma), how come McConnell et al don’t flip out when the President makes these out-of-recess appointments? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Obama’s not the first to do it. Other presidents have made out-of-recess appointments, yada yada yada…
Tell me, who came up with this asinine recess appointment idea in the first place? And why?
(NOTE: It is permitted under Article 2, Section 2 of the US Constitution: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.)
Don’t government agencies have organization charts that indicate the next in command? Deputy Directors? Deputy Secretaries? Interim chain of command successors? This recess appointment business is sneaky and underhanded.
And tell me also, what protects us from a communist in the White House abusing recess appointments like this White House occupant has?
Then tell me this — What’s the point of Congressional approval if a president can do this any time he wants? Obama didn’t just go around them, he ignored them. As is in THIS case, Congress has already visited this particular nomination and said NO.
So what’s Obama do? Shoots them the bird and does it anyway. And Congressional leaders McConnell and Boehner flap their gums, shake their jowls, mumble something, and go back to their bourbon on the rocks.
This is a perfect example of the US Congress ignoring the will of the people and not protecting the Constitution from enemies domestic. Is it no wonder they have such a low approval rating? Congress shouldn’t allow a president to do that or get away with it when he tries. They ought to make a law — they’re pretty practiced at it — 40,000 in this past year alone. A president’s hands (whether his name in Bush, Clinton, or Craphead) should be tied after Congress has already voted AGAINST the nominee.
What position could possibly be SO important that an appointment couldn’t wait until Congress is in session? Certainly not this one.
At what point will these elected “leaders” say NO? Congress — if it had testicles — could pull the funding from the department of consumer protection and simply NOT approve the appointee’s salary. Zero it out. Period.
This is just a big piece of why Washington doesn’t work. It doesn’t have to. It is so disconnected from us, the citizen/taxpayers, they live in another world. This latest finger-wagging threat by Boehner — “He also hinted that a legal challenge could be in the works” (whoooo, I’m shivering…) is proof that we pay the bar tab for their night out on the town, and they get to drive drunk without repercussion (see Ted Kennedy v. the State of Mass).
This is absolutely maddening. “Leader” McConnell’s been in the Senate since 1985 — the national debt then was less than $1.7 trillion. When Boehner came in (1991) it was just under $3.2 trillion. Have they been protecting our interests? Hell, they can’t even pass a budget, much less balance one. So much for their leadership qualities…
These members of Congress are pigs at the trough, with government benefits WE PAY FOR running down their jowls like gravy. And we expect THESE guys to fix it? These guys who have been “on guard” for decades, allowing our national debt to skyrocket to the moon? Getting fat bank accounts at the expense of our national security?
What a life these guys live. Anyone with a conscience or common sense in Washington must have ulcers or shingles cause it’s a political chess game and if you don’t understand the strategies and play by the rules (two sets, of course), you lose real quick. (Tea Party-elected representatives take note.)
Obama’s been creating positions in unprecedented numbers. And there isn’t one stiff in a starched shirt and $500 tie doing anything about it… it’s just part of the political culture in Washington. No budget. No accountability. No balls.
I hope — and pray — the tea party flushes most — if not all of them out in November like the useless pieces of detritus they are. They fill me with disgust.