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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Correction: Obama WILL make Recess Appointment

My post yesterday was based on the news that President Obama would not be making any recess appointments during Congress’ year-end adjournment.  But now the story has changed:  The President IS going to use this recess period to appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

YES!!!!!!!

Wall Street has been desperate — frantic! — to derail the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The CFPB is designed to rein in at least some of the reckless Wall Street gambling that caused the 2008 global meltdown.  Consequently, Wall Street has instructed its Republican prostitutes in Congress to block every candidate the President nominates to head this agency.  And the Republicans have spread their legs as ordered.

Elizabeth Warren — who basically created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — was Obama’s first choice to head the agency.  After being repeatedly blocked by Wall Street’s hookers, Elizabeth Warren decided to run for the Senate instead.  And right now she’s favored to defeat incumbent Scott Brown (R—Massachusetts).  Talk about unintended consequences.

Republicans are expected to throw the mother of all tantrums over Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray.  The country will be smothered with rightwing talking points about Obama over-reaching, overusing his executive authority, being a dictator, etc.  The facts — fact is a four-letter word if you’re a Republican — speak otherwise:

President Obama has made far fewer recess appointments than any of his recent predecessors.  G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, G.H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan had all made a lot more recess appointments by this point in their presidencies than Obama has.

Please keep that simple fact in mind when Rush O’Hannity and the Foxsuckers start spewing their bilge into the airwaves.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Jerry Critter said...

This is a great move.

January 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

It's about damn time. Now wait for the harpees to start screeching... impeachment for the usurper of the Constitution.

January 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Ditto Jess, it's about damn time.

January 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

He's made far fewer recess appointments than any of his recent predecessors? Well, let's see him make some more then! 8-)

January 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

He read this, and knew he had to do the right thing :)

January 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

The thing is to make a recess appt,the senate actually has to be in recess. Oh Obama sure loves a good fight.
They sure know how to produce them in Chicago.
But hey he's your thug so it's all good.
I'd rather see him produce more consumers than protecting the few we have left.

January 5, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Of course you guys would be "screeching" if Bush did this

You know like you did when Bush was personally eavesdropping on you personal phone calls.

Yep our Thug-Bad
Your Thug-Good

January 5, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
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January 5, 2012 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

squawk on

January 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Excellent, and about time.

Jess: I'm enjoying all the screeching from the right.

Mr. C: Ditto.

Snave: Recess appointments and executive orders are about the only way Obama can get anything done, with that giant speed bump -- Congress -- blocking his every move.

JR: Yup, I've been coaching him.

Lisa: You mean the Senate isn't in recess? Oh. What sort of tasks are they accomplishing right now while they're "not in recess?"

When Capitol Hill is closed for the holidays and the senators are back home in their districts -- uhh, the Senate is in recess. Enough of this ridiculous bullshit about "oh, we're not in recess because somebody comes in every 72 hours and turns on the lights."

They're supposed to be grownups, not a bunch of 4th graders playing games with a substitute teacher.

I know that both parties have used this pro forma "we're in recess but we're not in recess" gimmick, but it's time for this bullshit to be brought to a halt. For both parties.

January 5, 2012 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

We can all be encouraged that Obama is finally starting to stand up to Congress.

January 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jack: Yes, it's encouraging. Let's hope it's an ongoing thing.

January 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

"YES!!!!!!!" is right. Good for Obama. May this be the first of many in-their-faces moves he makes to do the right thing.

No more Mr. Doormat? "YES!!!!!!!

January 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: That's my hope too, that Obama will be front and center and in the GOP's faces from now on. He's got some momentum going; we can't let him lose it.

January 7, 2012 at 1:38 AM  

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