Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Barack Obama has achieved several important accomplishments during his Presidency despite the Party of the Rich and the Racists recalcitrance. He has not been the Marxist Champion we were hoping for and many of his stances appear moderate to conservative. But, his recent Recess Appointments of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are perhaps signs of a more liberal agenda for the 2012 election year.

Of course, everything from Getting Osama Bin Laden to these Appointments are an affront to the Republican Bigots and Elitists. So, it is no surprise Republicans are beating their breasts, rending their hair and crying in anguish over President Obama's Recess Appointments.
“It’s astounding to me that the president is claiming these are recess appointments and within his authority, when Congress was not in fact in recess,” said Representative Diane Black (R-TN) who authored the resolution. “These appointments are an affront to the Constitution. No matter how you look at this, it doesn’t pass the smell test. I hope the House considers my resolution as soon as we return to Washington so we can send a message to President Obama.”
It would stand that a Congress actually in Session would not need to return to Washington. But, that's the modern Republican Party. But, while Congresswoman Black's concerns stem from nothing more than her Ignorant Tea Party Bigotry and her anguish should be looked through the prism of her Totally Not Racist history,
In 2009, Sherri Goforth an aide of Diane Black sent out an email with an image titled "Historical Keepsake Photo", depicting the Presidents of the United States. President Obama's picture was a black background with two white eyes.
But, being as the Republicon Party is wholly owned by the 1% they are not angry about the procedures surrounding these appointments but the fact these positions even exist.
“I don’t think this was a recess appointment,” said Candida Wolff, who was chief lobbyist for President George W. Bush and now represents the third-biggest U.S. bank by assets. “I struggle with the fact that a session is still a session, and you can have business within that session.” Cordray’s authority to oversee non-banks and non-financial companies “will probably be one area where I can see action,” she said.
Wolff is a fully invested member of the Plutocracy. She sees these appointments as possible impediments to Wall Street and the Banksters rigged gambling system.

So do other Plutocrats and beneficiaries of the Wall Street System whose profligate theft and criminal malfeasance caused the economic crisis. Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, who led bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc. for almost four decades until he was ousted in 2005, called Cordray’s appointment unconstitutional. Greenberg, 86, is chairman and chief executive officer of insurer C.V. Starr & Co. “The president’s stuck his finger in the eye of Congress,” Greenberg told Betty Liu today on Bloomberg TV’s “In the Loop.” “You need the approval of the Senate for that appointment. It was bypassed."

Well, thanks for your opinion Mr. One Percent. And the next time We need to know the about the Constitutionality of something from someone who profits off of legerdemain and starving children you'll be the top of the list.

However, the height of hypocrisy belongs to no less than John "Even with my broad view of executive power" Yoo, who wrote about the Appointments as Use and Abuse of Executive Power. And as you might expect from Yoo torturing a "Suspected" Terrorist's children to death in front of them is fine for the President but "recess appointments" are a massive insult to the Rule of Law.

The Republican position is when we say we are "in session" it counts as being in session. Where 171 Recess Appointments by George W. Bush and 243 by Ronnie Raygun are fine. But, beyond the pure partisan hypocrisy, Republicans care nothing for the 99% and have been demanding the legislation which created the CFPB be altered before they'd consider approving anyone to head the organization. It was tantamount to nullifying a law which was legally passed because the CFPB represents a threat to the Republican Party owners, the 1%.


ran said...

If Obama can get it past the spendthrift, bloodthirsty Repubs, while small in scale (<10% of total DoD spending), his recent attempt to reduce and revamp the DoD would be his greatest achievement. It's about time for that peace dividend we were promised twenty years ago.

Grung_e_Gene said...


The fall of the USSR actually means we need to spend more. Just as Post WW2 the US needed to account for the fading British and French Imperial Models, the Soviet Collapse meant we needed to pick up their Cold War spending.

As Tom DeLay stated in 2002, "We're a Super-Duper Power" and thus we need to spend more and more and more!

Towards DoD contracts and the Corporate whores who profit off of it that is, we need vicious austerity towards the sick, old, poor and young, basically the 99%.

All for the 1%!