Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Obama's "Recess" Appointments

President Barack Obama has now done something truly historic — he has now directly violated the constitution — he quite deliberately made "recess appointments" while the Congress was not in recess. He put Richard Cordray in place as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, knowing the Senate won't confirm him since Obama had already named him to that post some time ago through a legitimate process, and Democrats and Republicans in the Senate has made clear he won't be confirmed. He also put three union functionaries on the National Labor Relations Board, people he hadn't even bothered to nominate legitimately.

Obama justifies his actions with the transparently phony claim that "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."

In other words, Obama is really saying
And the fact of the matter is he can't, either legally or legitimately, do what he has done.

It looks like Obama just wants to create a huge fight with Congress. Certainly he must realize his huge slap in the face of the Democratic Party controlled Senate insures he won't get any cooperation from them. You can't ask someone for favors right after you've kicked him in the privates. And I'm sure Obama felt freer to take these actions because Congress had already passed the omnibus spending bill for the year. That means they can't just refuse to fund the offending agencies.

Naturally, Obama's big supporters (like Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi — or is that Harry Pelosi & Nancy Reid) made excuses for his blatantly and explicitly unconstitutional actions. As they will for anything he does.

Personally, I don't think people in this country are as backward and ignorant as President Obama and his Chicago political machine believe they/we are. I think the much more likely poll truth will be this:
... and not just for Republicans — he's already had that effect on this Democrat.

More comments here.

Just remember — every dictator has said (and may have talked himself into believing) his actions were for the good of his country.

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