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  •  I wonder if this wave of picque is based on fears (4+ / 0-)

    that there won't be a recess.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

    by ohwilleke on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 02:07:46 PM PST

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    •  Possibly (5+ / 0-)

      But this particular p®ick doesn't need to be confirmed by the senate... it's up to the executive. As mcjoan wrote:

      The bad news is that he can make executive branch appointments that don't have to be approved by the Senate. Today he did just that, with a big ol' FU to the Democrats...

      So, not in this case. In Bolton's case... yeah. Personally, I think our federal government has gotten too large. Too many people, too many appointments. Do America really need a political appointment to head the Office of Family Planning? Shouldn't this be a public health and not political decision? I think so.

      •  ITA (2+ / 0-)
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        IIRC there are just under 8,000 jobs in the plum book.

        We'd be better off with fewer political appointees, and closer examination of those that remain.

        Of course, I'd trade any Senate approval of the vast majority of executive branch appointments (which they usually rubber stamp anyway) for a two-thirds majority requirement for judges.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

        by ohwilleke on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 02:19:00 PM PST

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        •  Unfortunately the administration is (5+ / 0-)

          Castrating the non-partisan, professional Federal Civil Service by creating new personnel systems in the DHS and DoD that strip workers of union protection and make them more subject to the whims of political appointees and managers and turn coworkers against each other in zero sum performance ratings games ala private industry.

          We might have a republic for another hundred years if we can keep it.

          by victor lazlo on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 03:07:38 PM PST

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          •  The new system may not be great. (1+ / 0-)
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            But the status quo sucks too.

            "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

            by ohwilleke on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 03:48:53 PM PST

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          •  Maybe we need to add Civil Service Reform (4+ / 0-)

            To the list of things the next Democratic president needs to work on.

            sigh

            The only blemish on the victory of 11/7 is that the Democrats could work around the clock for the next two years and even if Bush never vetoed anything we might not be able to undo all the damage he's done!

            Grrr...still, it's much better than two more years of unchecked Republican rule.

            "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

            by AustinCynic on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 04:37:26 PM PST

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          •  excellent observation (0+ / 0-)

            profound consequences

            Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

            by MarketTrustee on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 06:49:42 PM PST

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