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  •  Recess appointments are not necessary anymore (0+ / 0-)

    and are nothing but a political tool.  It's about time it's done a way with.  

    Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    by thestructureguy on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:42:51 PM PDT

    •  So... (3+ / 0-)

      a minority in the US senate now has the power to render feckless any department it wishes by simply filibustering any and every nominee to head it?

      See the CFPB for an example.

      •  A lot of things need fixed and updated. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

        by thestructureguy on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:03:47 PM PDT

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      •  If the legislation... (0+ / 0-)

        ....that Congress passed required that the department be headed by a confirmed (or validly "recess appointed") director, yes. It seems reasonable that when Congress creates a department and requires that it have such a director, it was not an accident and they did it for some reason (perhaps inclusion of that feature was what got the last vote necessary for passage).

        However, for many (most?) departments, I think there's nothing to obstruct. For example, if there is no Secretary of State, can't the President still make all the necessary decisions (or delegate them)?

      •  Which is why the filibuster needs to go too. (0+ / 0-)

        That's beyond the power of the Supreme Court to tackle, but there have been many court decisions where the court basically tells the legislature--"we realize this breaks your little system even worse than it already is.  YOU need to fix the damn thing already!"

    •  Ooo! A political tool! In politics! (0+ / 0-)

      [facepalm]

      Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

      by ohiolibrarian on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:25:13 PM PDT

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