Recess? We're talking about recess?
Jan 17, 2012 | 12480 views | 0 0 comments | 468 468 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president” McConnell is very upset with his targeted victim. President Barack Obama has appointed former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without approval of the Senate, which was not in session; an appointment known as recess appointment.

McConnell says that Obama’s appointment was a “power grab” which “fundamentally endangers the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the Executive Branch.” The Hydra of Lema is a Greek mythological many-headed serpent. It would require the Hydra, with the multiple sides of many mouths from which to speak in order to equal the anti-Obama double talk emanating from the opposite side of the aisle.

As for McConnell’s concern about Obama’s “power grab,” following is a scoreboard comparing the Obama's recess appointments with other presidents per year: Reagan – 240, H.W. Bush HW - 77, Clinton - 140, G.W. Bush - 171, Obama - 28.

As our dear old liberal Mother Jones magazine put it, “Obama's move seems less like a power grab and more like the proverbial 98-pound weakling taking a second to wipe the sand out of his eyes.” Dating myself a bit, I would add, “Come on Charles Atlas, please infuse a little dynamic tension into this 98-pounder and morph him into that legendary butt-kicking machine of yours.”

Unfortunately it is the only language that these self-admitted Repubstructionists understand.


Nicholas Zizelis

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