Sunday, January 15, 2012

Obama vs the U.S. Constitution- Round 2

How I got Mrs. Crew to pose for this
I will never know!

Ding Ding Ding Ding

Round 2- Recess Appointments

     A shaken and wobbly Obama retreated to his corner after a beatdown from the US Constitution in Round One.  With cutman Bill Ayers and manager Jeremiah Wright exhorting him to continue, Obama answered the bell for Round Two on January 4th by appointing 3 new members to the National Labor Relations Board and Richard Cordray to be the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Normally such appointments require Senate consent, but Obama sidestepped that little detail by labeling the moves "recess" appointments.
    Appointment of senior Federal officials requires the advise and consent of the U.S. Senate.  Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution allows the President to apppoint such officials without consent during times the Senate is in recess.

3:  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.

     Such recess appointments have been used by Presidents of every party since Washington, so hey, what's the big deal right?  Really, it isn't a big deal to the Crew, except as an example of the rampant hypocrisy of the left (that means you Bill).  

     Here's the rub... When Dear Leader made his recess appointments on January 4th, the Senate had only been in "recess" for 2 days, not the 3 required by law. In addition, Senate Republicans have been meeting in what is called "pro forma" sessions, meaning the Senate is technically not in recess at all.  Lefties are crying foul, saying Republicans are using political tricks and technicalities to deny Obama the power to make recess appointments.  They are right, that is exactly what Senate Republicans are doing.  

     If you are starting to feel a weird sense of deja vu, don't fret.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used exactly the same tactics to prevent President George W. Bush from making recess appointments.  The difference is that President Bush had enough respect for the Constitution to not ignore the "technicalities" of the Senate rules.  Barack Hussein Obama has no such respect, and has demanded his recess appointments go through.

     Looks like Obama has won on points in Round 2, knotting the bout at one round each.  The big showdown comes in Round 3 scheduled for late March.  That's when the Supreme Court will take up the issue of Obamacare's constitutionality.  In my humble opinion, the individual mandate is CLEARLY unconstitutional.  SCOTUS should stand tall, strike down Obamacare, and continue the championship reign of the U.S. Constitution.

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