Pres Bush Still On The Job While Dems On Vacation

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Pres Bush outfoxed libs once again. As libs left town on another vacation, Pres Bush was on the job.

Who will be the first lib to cry foul?



Bush outflanks Congress to name fundraiser ambassador after Democrats opposed him

WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass the Senate where Democrats derailed Fox's nomination last week.

In the U.S. system, the Senate must confirm with a majority vote presidential nominees to ambassadorial posts.

Fox's appointment, made while lawmakers were out of town on spring break, and thus not subject to Senate action, prompted angry rebukes from Democrats who said Bush's action might even be illegal.

Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The group's TV ads, which claimed that Democratic Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam, were viewed as a major factor in the Massachusetts Democrat's election loss to Bush.

Recognizing Fox did not have the votes to obtain Senate confirmation in the Foreign Relations Committee, Bush withdrew the nomination last week. On Wednesday, with the Senate gone on a one-week break, the president used his power to make recess appointments to put Fox in the job.

This means Fox can remain ambassador until the end of the next session of Congress, effectively through the constitutional end of the Bush presidency.

"It's sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate," Kerry said in a statement.

Sen. Chris Dodd, also a Democrat, a candidate for president in next year's campaign and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he plans to ask the General Accountability Office for an opinion whether the recess appointment is legal.

The recess appointment is intended to give the president flexibility should Congress be out for an extended period, such as its four-week adjournment during the warm months. Dodd said the law was not intended to circumvent lawmakers' right of approval.

"This is really now taking the recess appointment vehicle and abusing this beyond anyone's imagination," Dodd said. "This is a travesty."

Bush also used his recess appointment authority to make Andrew Biggs deputy director of Social Security. Senate Democrats rejected in February the president's nomination of Biggs, an outspoken advocate of partially privatizing the government's retirement program.

Presidents since George Washington have made appointments during congressional recesses to fill positions in the executive and judicial branches. Bush has used the authority more frequently than some but not all of his most recent predecessors, making 171 so far compared with 140 for President Bill Clinton during two terms, 77 by Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush, in one term and 243 by President Ronald Reagan during two terms.

Bush's more notable recess appointments include John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton arrived at the United Nations in August 2005 after being appointed during a congressional recess because he twice failed to be confirmed by the Senate. Still unable to get Senate backing, he stepped down in December, when his recess appointment could not be repeated. Another contentious recess appointee was Otto Reich as assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere in January 2002.

Fox, a 77-year-old businessman from Missouri, gave $50,000 (€37,450) to the Swift Boat group. He is national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition and was dubbed a "Ranger" by Bush's 2004 campaign for raising at least $200,000 (€149,790). He is founder and chairman of the Harbour Group, which specializes in the takeover of manufacturing companies.

Fox has donated millions of dollars to Republican candidates and causes since the 1990s.

In answer to questions about the Swift Boat donation, Fox has said he gives when asked, insisting he was not involved with the writing of the ad scripts and never saw them before they aired but had been aware of the general thrust of the group.

Fox issued a statement saying he is "delighted and honored" to accept the ambassadorial appointment.

"As the son of a man who fled Europe to find freedom and a better life, I am especially humbled by the opportunity to return to that continent as this nation's representative," he said.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/04/news/Bush-Bypassing-Congress.php
 

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Not surprised he would appoint another friend that could not get senate votes. Then goes on vacation himself. Do you see either house making desicions while he is gone? No you dont. But thats what presidents are for, getting all there friends in office because they helped him get elected. The problem is, bush still has hundreds of friends he owes, that means we can expect lots of witty games being played like this. I wish someone would seriously stick a book up president bush's born again ass, no offence to anyone who supports him, I just personally feel he only cares about one person, himself. And everyone, Please dont act as though you owe it to yourself to protect this man by attacking me. I have no respect for wannabe Bush extended family members.
 

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Not surprised he would appoint another friend that could not get senate votes. Then goes on vacation himself. Do you see either house making desicions while he is gone? No you dont. But thats what presidents are for, getting all there friends in office because they helped him get elected. The problem is, bush still has hundreds of friends he owes, that means we can expect lots of witty games being played like this. I wish someone would seriously stick a book up president bush's born again ass, no offence to anyone who supports him, I just personally feel he only cares about one person, himself.
Don't forget firing US Attorneys so he can get "Loyal Bushies" like former Rove staffers in their spots.
 

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it's too bad that pResident Bush was on vacation instead of on the job two months before 9/11 when the CIA was telling him about Osama being determined to strike us.


Seems kind of hypocritical for any republican to complain about democrats taking vacation after that.
 
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it's too bad that pResident Bush was on vacation instead of on the job two months before 9/11 when the CIA was telling him about Osama being determined to strike us.


Seems kind of hypocritical for any republican to complain about democrats taking vacation after that.

Congress was out as well. The President is never really on vacation

Of course if Clinton had a pair he would have taken him out - he only had several chances to do so
 

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Congress was out as well. The President is never really on vacation

Of course if Clinton had a pair he would have taken him out - he only had several chances to do so
congress is never really on vacation either.

get a clue.

and CLinton at least tried to take OBL out... Bush STOPPED the overflights that were searching for OBL...and Bush's AG pulled 51MILLION dollars from the anti-terrorism DOJ budget to move it over to anit-pornography - the day before 9/11!
 
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congress is never really on vacation either.

get a clue.

and CLinton at least tried to take OBL out... Bush STOPPED the overflights that were searching for OBL...and Bush's AG pulled 51MILLION dollars from the anti-terrorism DOJ budget to move it over to anit-pornography - the day before 9/11!
Listening to the voices in your head again?

Clinton had several chances and passed

Now I really would like to know what documents Sandy Burgler stole and destroyed
 

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Listening to the voices in your head again?

Clinton had several chances and passed

Now I really would like to know what documents Sandy Burgler stole and destroyed
Clinton tried... the fact is: Bush did indeed stop predator overflights of Afghanistatn which were looking for OBL. are you trying to deny that?

Ashcroft DID pull $52M from anti-terrorism the day beforfe 9/11..are you trying to deny THAT?
 
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Clinton tried... the fact is: Bush did indeed stop predator overflights of Afghanistatn which were looking for OBL. are you trying to deny that?

Ashcroft DID pull $52M from anti-terrorism the day beforfe 9/11..are you trying to deny THAT?
Yea, Clinton and his boys tried - when the Clinton administration hung up of the men who had OBL in their sights and needed the go ahead to fire

I still wonder what Sandy Burgler stole and destroyed
 

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Yea, Clinton and his boys tried - when the Clinton administration hung up of the men who had OBL in their sights and needed the go ahead to fire

I still wonder what Sandy Burgler stole and destroyed
why do you avoid talking about the stopped predator overflights? why do you avoid talking about ashcroft taking money AWAY from anti-terrorism before 9/11?

And the report on the Sandy Berger affair clearly stated that he only took copies of documents and no originals.
 
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why do you avoid talking about the stopped predator overflights? why do you avoid talking about ashcroft taking money AWAY from anti-terrorism before 9/11?

And the report on the Sandy Berger affair clearly stated that he only took copies of documents and no originals.
is that why they cannot find out what he stole and destroyed

if this would have been a Republican I wonder if you be so dismissive
 

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is that why they cannot find out what he stole and destroyed

if this would have been a Republican I wonder if you be so dismissive
still avoiding the fact that Bush cancelled the predator overflights that were looking for OBL?

still avoiding the fact that Ashcroft pulled $51M from the DOJ antiterrorism program the dayu before 9/1?

why IS that?
 

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is that why they cannot find out what he stole and destroyed

if this would have been a Republican I wonder if you be so dismissive
the Bush Justice department had not much of a case against Sandy...they let him off with a slap on the wrist. I had nothing to do with it... If he HAD done something terrible, I would have been all for throwing the book at him.
 
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still avoiding the fact that Bush cancelled the predator overflights that were looking for OBL?

still avoiding the fact that Ashcroft pulled $51M from the DOJ antiterrorism program the dayu before 9/1?

why IS that?
Get the voices out of your head

You dio not seem to care about Sandy destroying classified documents to cover Bill's ass for blowing it

Hindsight is 20/20

Bill blew it, he knew it, and he sent Sandy to take scissors to the loose ends
 

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Get the voices out of your head

You dio not seem to care about Sandy destroying classified documents to cover Bill's ass for blowing it

Hindsight is 20/20

Bill blew it, he knew it, and he sent Sandy to take scissors to the loose ends

RSR: Are you suggesting that the Bush administraion did NOT cancel predator drone surveillance flights over Afghanistan in the spring of 2001? yes or no

are you suggesting that Ashcroft did NOT cut the anti-terrorism task force budget by $51M the very day before 9/11? yes or no
 
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RSR: Are you suggesting that the Bush administraion did NOT cancel predator drone surveillance flights over Afghanistan in the spring of 2001? yes or no

are you suggesting that Ashcroft did NOT cut the anti-terrorism task force budget by $51M the very day before 9/11? yes or no
are you denying sandy was covering bill's tracks
 

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I just asked him two very simple yes or no questions.

I predict he will not answer them.
 

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are you denying sandy was covering bill's tracks
I have no idea what Sandy was doing...and as I said, if the Bush Justice department KNEW what had happened and could PROVE any serious crime,. they would have prosecuted him for it...AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN FULLY SUPPORTIVE OF THAT PROSECUTION. IF YOU DO THE CRIME, YOU SHOULD DO THE TIME.

Now answer MY questions regarding overflights and antiterror budgets
 
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I have no idea what Sandy was doing...and as I said, if the Bush Justice department KNEW what had happened and could PROVE any serious crime,. they would have prosecuted him for it...AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN FULLY SUPPORTIVE OF THAT PROSECUTION. IF YOU DO THE CRIME, YOU SHOULD DO THE TIME.

Now answer MY questions regarding overflights and antiterror budgets


The Lion Roars at Last
The lion in the jungle makes every other animal sit up and take notice as soon as he lets out a roar. He didn't get that way through artificial paraphernalia or through springs and wires and trick dumbells. He became the king of the jungle through constant natural use of every muscle in his body.
- Charles Atlas

Liberal Democrats are a peaceful people, highly intelligent yet slow to anger even when provoked by the infuriating stupidity of your average American. But confront us with annoying questions that your feeble minds can’t even begin to comprehend the answers to, and you will hear us roar like lions, drowning out all else.

After six years of politely staying out of the spotlight, the camera-shy Bill Clinton has finally had his fill of brainless conservative morons who take nothing he says at face value. No longer will he sit idly by while minions of the Right-Wing Propaganda Machine ask him to explain what the hell he did for the whole 8 years he was in office. His royal dressing-down of that Faux News Nazi is just a taste of what’s in store for those who would use his record as president to cloud his legacy

Don’t let his name fool you. ChriSHitler Wallace is not a fair and balanced journalist like his father. As evident by his failure to sit on Bill Clinton’s lap and make little cooing sounds whenever he spoke, Wallace is little more than a right-wing hack. But to even suggest that the former president somehow allowed the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks to slip from his grasp is the height of insanity.

Had he any inking that Bush was going to fly planes into those buildings just to launch an illegal and immoral war for oil so he could line the pockets of his Halliburton buddies, Clinton would have done everything in his power to stop him. Perhaps his only mistake was that he was too busy trying to get Osama Bin Laden to worry about what the alcoholic Governor of Texas was doing. In fact, he was in the process of scrounging up enough loose change from under his sofa cushions to launch a CIA and FBI investigation into whether OBL was a bad guy, with hsi full support and cooperation as long as the agencies didn’t communicate with one another, eavesdrop on any terrorists, or interrupt any of his blow jobs. In fact, it was a top priority on his to-do-list, right after signing a few hundred last-minute, legacy-sealing executive orders, and then a pile of pardons for coke dealers and campaign contributors.

So the old Right-Wing canard that Democrats are soft on national defense won’t float this election year. Bill Clinton and his entire cabinet took the terrorist threat very seriously, and Sandy Berger’s trousers are stuffed full of documents to prove it. The poor man has paper cuts on his testicles that will never heal.

As do we all.


http://blamebush.typepad.com/blamebush/socalled_terrorism/index.html
 

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