Obama Starts Constitutional Crisis, Installs New Radical Czars

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    by Tom Fitton
    Apparently, “respecting the U.S. Constitution” didn’t make it onto President Obama’s 2012 New Year’s resolution list, as evidenced by his “recess” appointment of anti-business extremist Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Just an few hours later, Obama made three additional appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which has become little more than a Big Labor battering ram under this president.



    Obama is terming his appointments “recess” appointments. They are nothing of the sort, because Congress is not in recess. Article I, Section 5, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides that “Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days …” To prevent any recess appointment, the Republican-controlled House has refused to consent to Senate adjournment, resulting in the Senate coming into pro forma session every three days. But as Ed Meese, who served as Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, points out: these pro forma sessions aren’t gimmicks. The two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday was approved during a pro forma Senate session.

    But in an unprecedented power grab, Obama has decided that he can decide when Congress is or is not in session. Meese rightly calls it a “constitutional abuse of a high order.” If this abuse stands, the U.S. Senate’s constitutional role to advise and consent in the confirmation of key executive appointees, already undermined by Obama’s many czar appointments, could become moot.
    The response to these outrageous and unconstitutional appointments was swift and severe. The editors at Bloomberg immediately splashed an editorial on its website warning that the “president is playing with fire” and choosing “politics over principle” with these appointments. “He risks an election-year legal challenge that could hamstring the consumer bureau and several other financial regulators whose pending confirmations will probably now stall,” they warned.

    Any substantial actions by Obama’s pretend appointees at the CFPB or the NLRB would, it can seriously be argued, “null and void.”

    Nonetheless, Barack Obama appears undeterred by such considerations.

    The Cordray appointment, in particular, earned the ire of Senate Republicans who filibustered this nomination in December 2011. According to The Washington Times:

    Defying Congress, President Obama used his recess appointment powers Wednesday to name a head for the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a move Republican lawmakers said amounted to an unconstitutional power grab.

    The president acted just a day after the Senate held a session — a move that breaks with at least three different precedents which have held that the Senate must be in recess for at least three days before a president can act…

    …The appointment in question is former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, whom Mr. Obama tapped to head the CFPB. The board was set up under the new Wall Street regulation bill Democrats powered through in 2010, just before losing their majority in the House.

    You may recall that the CFPB was created by the Dodd-Frank monstrosity and got its sea legs under its first head, Elizabeth Warren, another anti-business zealot now running for Senate in Massachusetts (you can read more about Warren’s troubled past here).

    If Cordray is the “right man for the job,” as Barack Obama noted in his remarks, then why would the president need to resort to such extreme measures to get “his guy” in position at the CFPB? Because given Cordray’s controversial background and penchant for inflammatory and irresponsible rhetoric, there is no chance he could survive the confirmation process — especially when you consider that Congress does not control the agency’s purse strings. The CFPB gets its funding from the Federal Reserve.

    Here’s what I mean by “inflammatory and irresponsible.”

    In a scathing editorial when Cordray was first nominated, The Wall Street Journal said that throughout his career, Cordray has demonstrated a “hostility toward business.” The Journal explains:

    [Cordray] sued Ally Financial’s GMAC Mortgage over its foreclosure practices—a lawsuit that helped spawn the national robo-signing uproar, which has mushroomed into an effort to force big banks to cough up billions for Democrats to redistribute. He sued rating agencies for grading mortgage-backed securities as safe investments. He sued Bank of America for purportedly hiding losses and bonuses prior to the Merrill Lynch merger. The list of cases is long.

    In an interview with the Journal, Cordray also compared employees of a financial services company to the “Nazis at Nuremberg” who said they were just following orders.

    And, as John Berlau points out in The American Spectator, “Cordray has long supported ESOP, formerly known as the East Side Organizing Project, an Ohio housing advocacy group that has distinguished itself by storming into banks and launching plastic ‘shark attacks’ on the lawns of private homes.” These are tactics that would make any Wall Street Occupier proud.

    But while Cordray was all too happy to spew venom at U.S. corporations, the then-Ohio attorney general showed little regard for one of his own constituents, including Ohio citizen and small businessman Joe Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber.” Cordray looked the other way while Ohio government officials (and Obama hacks) combed through Mr. Wurzelbacher’s private government files and attempted to dig up dirt and smear his name – all because Mr. Wurzelbacher had the gall to question then-candidate Barack Obama about his tax policies.

    Commenting on his decision to bypass Senate confirmation, the president explained, “I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve.” The president said it was his “obligation” to ignore the Senate and simply install Cordray.


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    Lolol. Yourself & WillowTree w/ the Breitbart stuff :eusa_doh: :uhoh3:
     
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    Obama picks immigration reform advocate to lead domestic policy
    By Amie Parnes and Erik Wasson - 01/10/12 03:30 PM ET

    President Obama has picked a strong advocate of immigration reform to head his Domestic Policy Council.

    The White House announced Tuesday that Cecilia Muñoz, a former senior vice president of the National Council of La Raza, would replace Melody Barnes at the top of the council. White House press secretary Jay Carney announced the appointment during his press briefing.


    Muñoz is now serving as the White House's director of intergovernmental affairs and is in charge of outreach to state and local governments.

    "The president has asked, she has accepted," Carney said.

    Muñoz is an immigration expert who worked for the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, until she joined the administration in 2009. The group works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans and advocates legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

    Obama has frequently been criticized by pro-immigration reform advocates for not pressing harder for changes to the country's immigration laws. Hispanic groups also have complained that the administration has stepped up deportations of illegal aliens.

    All of this has led to questions about whether Obama will garner strong support from Hispanics in his 2012 reelection bid. It is crucial to Obama's reelection that he win a large majority of the Hispanic vote, particularly in critical swing states such as Florida, New Mexico and Colorado.

    Carney called Muñoz "the best person for the job."

    In her new role, Muñoz will become the president’s senior adviser on domestic affairs that fall outside the strict purview of the National Economic Council, which is headed by Gene Sperling.

    “Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted advisor who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,” the president said. “Cecilia has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of middle class families, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same unwavering dedication to her new position.”

    A senior administration official credited Munoz's work on immigration and disaster relief and said she has successfully brought the voices of local and state officials into the White House through her work at the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

    "She's the perfect fit for this job," the official told The Hill. "This is someone who is very much ready for the position."

    On immigration, she has been the president's "key person" on the issue "working to fix the system that's broken" the official said, adding that she brings 20 years of immigration policy with her to the post.

    While her new post will continue to give Hispanics a "strong voice," administration officials said she wasn't given the position to pander to that community. "She's immensely qualified for this position. She's someone who is very much respected by her colleagues."

    At the same time, "she's not afraid to make her viewpoints known," the official said.

    The National Immigration Forum, which supports providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, applauded the Muñoz appointment while saying it underlined the need for Obama to take action.

    "With this move, the pressure is on the president to move forward with an aggressive domestic policy agenda" on immigration," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. He said this agenda should include focusing enforcement on security threats and not on immigrant workers and families "caught up in a broken system."

    The group later amended Noorani's statement to call on action by Congress as well.


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    Irrelevant.

    Recess appointments are addressed in Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution, not Article I:

    And until such time as a Federal court rules on the issue, any claim that such an appointment is ‘illegal’ or ‘un-Constitutional’ is unfounded partisan nonsense.
     
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    Is this the same one that said waterboarding was legal?...
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    Justice Department memo argues Obama recess appointments were legal
    01/12/12: The Department of Justice offered a defense Thursday for President Obama’s controversial decision to make several recess appointments while Congress was holding pro forma sessions.

     
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    Po' babys. Our President's only error here was not filling every single position, judicial and administrative that the GOP in the Senate have sandbagged.
     
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    oh the poor corporations are going to have to be saved from this aweful consumer financial protectors.



    I wish these right wing clone heads would realize just how stupid they look
     
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    so you do believe the people are too stupid to make their own sound financial decisions with out daddy Guberment...

    and you talk about others being stupid.
     
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    Do you think people should have to have a law degree and a economic masters to be able to buy a house safely?
     
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    You see this is part of the economy.

    You make it so people can not TRUST the fields experts and you know what happens ???????


    You kill the field.


    You distory the oportunity for the home sales.

    Unfettered capitalism ends in all the wealth concentrating into fewer and fewer hands.

    That means fewer and fewer consumers.

    that means the death of an economy.

    why are you people so very uniformed and brainwashed about the world?
     

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