Obama’s Recess “Dilemma”
Should President Obama use this brief end-of-the-year recess period to squeeze in as many recess appointments as humanly possible? Does the Pope shit in the woods?
This article — Obama’s Recess Dilemma — warns of the political risks involved if Obama takes advantage of this recess period.
Risks? Oh my God, now that I think about it, Congressional Republicans might not be nice to him any more. Bitch McConnell and Jim DeMented might come right out and say that their top priority is to make Obama a one-term president. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce might say mean things about him and start raising money for his opponents. The Koch Brothers might call him a “hardcore socialist.”
We certainly wouldn’t want this sort of thing to happen now, would we?
The Republicans have done everything they possibly could to derail Obama’s every move. When there’s a roadblock — or in this case a huge mountain of shit in the middle of the road — you have to go around. Take a detour. Make those recess appointments!
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been basically unable to function since the agency was created — much to the joy of Wall Street lobbyists and their Republican prostitutes. First, Republicans blocked Elizabeth Warren, who basically designed this agency, from heading it. And they’ve also blocked Richard Cordray — Obama’s second choice — from heading the agency. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was designed to PREVENT another repeat of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown, and there’s been nobody in charge of this agency since its creation. This is entirely because of Republicans’ continued obstruction. For God’s sake, use this recess period to appoint Richard Cordray.
The National Labor Relations Board is just about to lose its ability to function; again because of Republicans blocking every appointment. The Board has five positions, but only three of these positions are filled. And that third position, which was filled via recess appointment last year, is about to expire. With only two people and three vacant positions, the Board will not have quorum. Republicans think this is great; people who work for a living might think otherwise. Again: Recess Appointment.
I have no idea how many dozens, scores of high-ranking federal positions remain unfilled after years of Republicans blocking, holding and filibustering every appointment Obama tries to make.
That phrase again: recess appointment. Do it!