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Saturday, April 16, 2011

More Czars to Come?

The Obama solution to creating more czars more easily:

S. 679: Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation. 

The Founders intended that the President would make appointments with the advice and consent of the Senate (Article II, Section 2). Because of the large number of appointments made in modern America, the solution to dealing with this situation was to give the Senate authority to approve the appointment of cabinet heads. The 'smaller agencies' were left largely to the president to appoint personally. As the bureaucracy has grown, more and more of those agencies grew up like hydra's teeth sewn in the soil and the decisions they make directly impact the lives of Americans. Still, some of them required the pesky Senate to approve them. Open debate has a way of embarrassing the Obama Regime. Think of situations like that of Obama crony, Black Panther and communist, Van Jones. If you wanted to place Van in charge of the EPA or the FCC for example, the Senate would have to review his qualifications. It could be embarrassing. Enter S. 679.
"We've all been busy watching Obama golf, travel, and occasionally taking a break by pretending to care about America going into bankruptcy. But take note, the liberal/left in him never rests. It's odd how socialists never seem to have enough czars, and our Bureaucrat-in-Chief is no exception. He objects to having his czars who control major portions of the American civil and financial vetted by the Senate."
"Behold: The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act (PAESA). It ought to be called the "Let's Shortcut the Constitution Act." Progressives have been trying since early in the Twentieth Century to replace constitutional restraints on executive power with bureaucratic "efficiency." (LINK)
Let's face it, getting things done the old Constitutionally mandated way takes time and the Senate, thrilled to find a way to clear their calendars, seems to be onboard with the new Obama initiative. The Democrats have Republicans in tow on this one including (but not limited to): Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Scott Brown (R-MA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

How many and which agencies would be involved is still a closely-guarded secret. The United States Senate is supposed to be a watchdog. Over the years it has become far less so and if the Obama Regime has its way, the Senators (who are REALLY busy) will have one less thing to worry about. They are supposed to pay attention to and rule on presidential appointments. They are there to lens and cleanse and we pay them to do that. What are they going to defer to the executive branch of government next? Maybe they'll allow the US President to ratify all treaties between the US and foreign powers.

Having the US Senate give this vital function up is akin to the House of Representatives allow the president to handle the ways and means of the United States without Congress being involved. Think how much it would free up valuable Congressional time if they didn't have to worry about pesky budget matters.
"A good example of what Obama intends is his recent attempt to squelch free speech with a "fairness" plan that would "increase localism and diversity" while "spreading opportunity among a larger pool of viewpoints and beliefs." In other words, kill talk radio and with a little luck, kill Fox News along with it. The Chairman of the FCC is not a Cabinet Member, so why should the Senate have any say whatsoever in who sits on the Commission? Well, any agency that large, affecting that many people, with that much freedom of speech at stake, should require major vetting at least. This act would remove the Senate entirely from the process.
 "These agencies don't merely carry out orders, they create policy and implement it as determined by their particular czars. The EPA was intended to carry out the will of Congress and the people to clean up our air and water and protect the environment. But the agency grew and grew, and created policies that affect billions of dollars of the taxpayers' money while squelching American productivity. Does anybody doubt that the head of the EPA has more real power than, say, the Secretary of Commerce?" (op cit)
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. 


8 comments:

  1. Obama is an unconstitutionalist. He knows the constitution only so he can find ways to bypass it. Let's throw the bum out!

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  2. A thief does not want the silverware counted.

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  3. Wow, he's the Pantload that just keeps on giving. That is with the help of the RINOs in the Senate.

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  4. His czars should be defunded. If he insists on keeping them, let him pay out of his own salary.

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  5. I saw this on ALTHOUSE from Jake Tapper:

    One rider [to the bill] – Section 2262 -- de-funds certain White House adviser positions – or “czars.” The president in his signing statement declares that he will not abide by it.

    “The President has well-established authority to supervise and oversee the executive branch, and to obtain advice in furtherance of this supervisory authority,” he wrote. “The President also has the prerogative to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities, and do so not only from executive branch officials and employees outside the White House, but also from advisers within it. Legislative efforts that significantly impede the President's ability to exercise his supervisory and coordinating authorities or to obtain the views of the appropriate senior advisers violate the separation of powers by undermining the President's ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    Therefore, the president wrote, “the executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these Presidential prerogatives.”

    In other words: we know what you wanted that provision to do, but we don’t think it’s constitutional, so we will interpret it differently than the way you meant it.

    In other words, he signed a bill defunding the czars and immediately turned around and told the world it doesn't apply to his royal highness who is apparently above the law.

    This from the same hypocritical lying bastard who took Bush to task for using "signing statement" which our so called "constitutional professor of law" claimed was unconstitutional!

    "During his presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama was quite critical of the Bush administration’s uses of signing statements telling the Boston Globe in 2007 that the “problem” with the Bush administration “is that it has attached signing statements to legislation in an effort to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid enforcing certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation.”

    Then-Sen. Obama said he would “not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”

    Well, what is it President Bozo? Who in the hell do you think you are to place yourself above the law? And why would anyone now believe someone who in the end has placed himself above the proletariat who he is trying to rule with an iron fist?

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  6. He's going to do what ever he wants... sigh...

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  7. And, the congress deferred their JOB to lay and collect taxes; to coin money.
    All out sourced-Run by a czar before being called a czar.

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  8. I'm becoming more worried by the day.

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