Recess appointment flap -- a sign of the rule-bending times

  • Article by: D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2012 - 8:05 PM

Recess appointments, confirmation maneuvers, filibusters, unallotment -- everywhere you look, someone's working outside the system.

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jjsbrwJan. 10, 12 8:10 PM

very balanced piece addressing a serious problem perpetuated more or less equally by each side of the isle. Those on the left think the right's more guilty, and those on the right are convinced the left is to blame. No question, a pox on BOTH their houses.

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gooddaymateJan. 10, 12 8:40 PM

Democrats made the 3 day rule in 2007 to undermine Bush and now they break their own rule and claim they are doing nothing different than Republicans. Sorry, it doesn't work that way.

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gooddaymateJan. 10, 12 8:43 PM

Senators from both parties — including Democrats in 2007 and 2008, when Mr. Obama was in the Senate — have said it takes a recess of at least three days before the president can use his appointment powers

Ahhh, who cares about it when Obama breaks the rules?

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dwackoJan. 10, 12 9:07 PM

Amen

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montaguezxJan. 10, 1210:46 PM

Congress is irrelevant and a bad joke to most of us who live in the real world. If the GOP is so sure that Obama will be beaten in 2012, then most of his appointments will be fired when LMFOA Mitt Romney is elected President. He can then fire all of those appointments and appoint his own. Well, maybe not.

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goldengophaJan. 10, 1211:43 PM

Mr. Tice, let me get this straight. Obama's appointment of Mr. Cordray to the CFPB and appointments to the NLRB--organizations whose mission it is to essentially provide support to the average citizen--are the straw that broke your camel's back in regard to constitutional shenanigans?

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potter101Jan. 10, 1211:45 PM

But the motive in these cases has appeared to be to prevent the CFPB and the NLRB from functioning properly, or at all -- by denying the consumer board a chief executive and the labor board a legal quorum.********************Opposition to consumer protection from business and a labor board to protect the worker and you say the regressives support that. How unusual.

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Willy53Jan. 11, 12 6:14 AM

Mr. Tice, what is driving the use of technical maneuvering within the legislative system is the vast chasm between the parties. The Republican Party has shifted so far to the right the democrats simply can't keep up with their corresponding rightward shift. Radical conservative philosophy that rewards the privlaged and wealthy has created battlegrounds over simple agency appointments. Democrats want to appoint people to actually run the agencies and serve the average citizen. Republicans either work to prevent these consumer friendly apointments in the case of Obama or put forward people that litterally destroy the agency they are charged with directing in an attempt to gain advantage for corporations and the rich (Bush, Bush and Reagan). So what Americans need to decide is which party is actually working more to benefit their interest. The answer has never been more stunningly evident. Your attempt to say everybody does it is just another strategy of yours to say government is broken and must be radically changed (which will surely mean more power for the wealthy and more cuts to middle class benefits). While democrats game the system to create at least a semblance of government responsive to citizen needs (Consumer Protection Agency, APCA) Republicans use the gimmicks to gain power and wealth for the rich. As the Republican Party embraces anti-science, social intolerance, environmental exploitation and the concentration of wealth that "chasm" should create ever more rediculous interpretations of our constitution and self fulfill the republican mantra that condemns and belittles our government.

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rarmstrongJan. 11, 12 7:07 AM

"Consumer friendly" is a euphemism for giving the federal government the power to control how we will spend our own money. You will now be reminded of that every time a light bulb burns out in your house.

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jpcooperJan. 11, 12 7:50 AM

willy53 "Radical conservative philosophy that rewards the privlaged and wealthy has created battlegrounds over simple agency appointments. Democrats want to appoint people to actually run the agencies and serve the average citizen."

So Democratic Recess appointments are justified while Republican appointments need to be blocked at any cost for the good of the average citizen? Your thinking is part of the problem!

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