Just another example of how an action is perfectly acceptable for every other President yet not for the first black President.
Yet another sad example of racism.
It has NOTHING to do with race. It has everything to do with the Constitution. President Obama conveniently declared that the Senate was in recess when in fact at the time he made the recess appointment the Senate was called to order and then adjourned. Even though no business was conducted, the Senate was in session! That didn't happen with the hundreds of other recess appoints made by other presidents.
Mr. Obama has his agenda, and nothing, including the Constitution, is going to get in his way.
Did you not read the actual post here by rozemist? Was the Senate in session durring all the Bush recess appointments? What about the Clinton ones?
Sad that some people choose to value their imaginations more than reality.
Did YOU not read the actual post here by rozemist and my response? No one is accusing President Bush and President Clinton of making recess appointments WHILE THE SENATE WAS IN SESSION. Only Mr. Obama has done that.
Here is a quote from rozemist's post for you to RE-READ!!
" President Obama like Presidents before believe any time the Senate stops conducting business for more than just a few days—that's a recess.
He is not the "first and only President to do this" "
Please try to ignore your imagination and focus on just the facts please.
The point, if you would bother to check, is that the Senate WAS in session on the days that Mr. Obama made those appointments. He is the first president (black or white) to do that. This is why the appointments were unconstitutional!
Please check the facts before accusing me of imagining things. The court and not I am saying this. You can't make recess appointments when the Senate has been called to order. That isn't recess.
Would you care to go into detail regarding these sham sessions? I would LOVE to have a discussion about that,
Hello rozemist, What I find interesting is the part where the court explains its rationale by claiming, "At the time of the Constitution, intersession recesses were six to nine months and senators did not have the luxury of catching the next flight to Washington". Using this same type of reasoning, when interpreting the Second Amendment, all types of assault weapons and modern weaponry should be banned because only muskets, rifles and primitive pistols were in existence during "the time of the Constitution" and the advanced scopes, sights, and semi-automatic clips were not available. I think you have raised many valid points, especially wondering whether the LENGTH of recess is or isn't specifically spelled out. It is troublesome to think that partisan politics (because I think it is more likely that than racism) may derail and invalidate many of the board's decisions in the last year. Do you think this could be an attack by certain Republican senators on Labor Union groups and organizations and an attempt to marginalize them? Sincerely, Karen
The Republicans came up with a very questionable way of making it look as tho Congress was in session (even tho they weren't even conducting any business at all) the way they did this was arranging for one single Republican lawmaker to make an appearance about every 3 days to gavel the Senate to order ,that person would wait around a little while ,gavel it to a close and then leave.
This is hardly a Congress in session..its only purpose was to block a President from making any Recess Appointments.
The courts ruling included that A President could only fill vacancies with the recess appointment procedure if the openings arise when the Senate is in an "official recess", which it defined as the break between sessions of Congress.
I suspect that the Supreme Court which we probably know this will go to must consider were they really in a "legitimate session"...
I don't know about the legality of it all but I think that most people would think that if Congress is Present and "working" then they are in session,if they are off on Holidays for weeks and "not conducting any business" then isn't that not working,isn't that recessing?
It has me scratching my head....
You bring up some very good points..and I do believe the driving force behind this is Partisan Politics all the way.
Your observation regarding the Labor Union groups and organizations being under attack is in my belief on target.
Republicans have been going after the labor board for issuing many decisions and rules that make it easier for the nation's labor unions to organize new members.
This entire thing is going to create a big mess,and even further division between the two party's ( I don't really know how much further they can get to be honest).
At a time when we need their full attention on urgent matters we have this going on.It's extremely frustrating.
Hello rozemist and KarenPearsall,
I would disagree and say that racism is the main drive between party lines and classism is a close second. Racism is not a byproduct of partisan politics; it is the source.