Originally Posted by Direckshun
I do adopt the living document point of view (as do a vast, vast majority of legal/Constitutional scholars, but the idea that I'm all for allowing the President to do whatever he wants is transparent bullshit
. If you want to go full retard, by all means continue to take a shit on that.
Your reading comprehension is the only thing that has gone full retard.
I don't see why not.
I assume you don't think the NLRB is remotely important at all. Because if you do, you understand that you need people actually running the damn thing.
If the Senate minority has sworn to block all appointments, to such an extent that they will gavel in fake sessions to prevent recess appointments, then action needs to be taken.
That's what this is.
It's not the same situation, because the senate was perfectly capable of confirming the appointment as their check on the Executive branch. The constitution was purposely designed to give the minority the powers to fight against the majority. The majority cannot circumvent the law because the minority is making things inconvenient for them. We live in a Constitutional Republic, you might want to take the time to learn what that means.
And no, I don't give 2 shits about whether or not the NLRB is able to perform its duties. I believe that this country would get along just fine without it and several hundred other bureaucracies.
The fact that you think this would resolve the issue shows your naivete to the subject.
Under this hilariously stupid idea, the President can just encourage his appointees to wait until recess to step down.
Boom. Constitution circumvented.
What exactly is preventing that from happening now? Why doesn't Obama tell all of his buddies in power that if they are going to resign, do it around Christmas time. That way the Senate will go into recess and he won't have to worry about them holding "pro forma" sessions.
It is the rule of law that the senate confirms executive appointments. It is a crucial check that the legislative branch has on the executive. Now I know that in your dream world, we would have dictator Obama, and he would have no roadblocks in driving his progressive agenda. Keep on dreaming.