09 January 2006

We've heard the fateful lying and his swiftly broken word, his jack boots are marching on

Since he's established that he believes he can ignore Congress' laws, or, alternately, rewrite them as he sees fit, it was really only a matter of time before El Presidente would conclude that he doesn't need that branch of government, whatsoever.

"President Bush's decision to bypass the Senate in filling posts at the State Department, Federal Election Commission and National Labor Relations Board drew protests Thursday from lawmakers and advocacy groups. Under the Constitution, the president may avoid the Senate confirmation process and make appointments while the chamber is in recess. Such appointments usually are short-term, expiring at the end of next congressional session. But because the Senate held a pro forma session Tuesday and then adjourned, the White House contends the second session of the 109th Congress has begun. Therefore, the White House believes Bush's nearly 20 recess appointments are valid until the following session, which won't conclude until the end of 2007."
Not two or three appointments, but twenty. Including such inconsequential, busywork positions as General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Executive Director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at Homeland Security, not to mention Assistant and Deputy Secretaries of Defense. If those weren't egregious enough, the real kicker was the inclusion of Julie Myers to head up the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a brazen crony appointment that drew criticism left, right, and center when proposed in the wake of Michael Brown's shameful run at FEMA.

Is there any power afforded to the office of the Executive that this man won't crassly abuse?

The silence on this end-run around Advise and Consent is deafening, especially in regards to this Myers debacle-to-be. Bush takes every opportunity to remind us that the country is one fateful decision (read: "checked presidential power") away from another 9/11. ICE is at the forefront of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, yet Dear Leader saw fit to have it (and its 20,000 staffers and $4B budget) headed up by a well-connected insider with barely enough experience to spin as meeting the legal requirements. Under the best of circumstances that choice would be hard to swallow; to do so, post-Katrina, is truly boggling. Bush's largesse towards loyal cronies came under intense fire from all sides. Even dedicated apologists, like Michelle Malkin, went apopleptic when Myers name was floated, initially.

We've seen an American city lost, due, in no small part, to critical managerial responsibilities being left to woefully unqualified people. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result, what does this say about George W?

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