If THIS is not a case for impeachment; WHAT is?
Should the elections in November 2012 be a case for voting them all out of Washington, D.C.?
Or is it a TIME for massive Conservative elected officials to head to Washington, D.C.?
Obama sidesteps Congress, puts three on labor board
January 4, 2012
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama skirted Congress on Wednesday to fill three vacancies on an embattled labor board, drawing sharp criticism from big business and praise from labor unions critical to his re-election effort.
Obama used his authority to bring the five-member National Labor Relations Board to full strength for the first time in nearly two years through so-called recess appointments, which temporarily circumvent the requirement for Senate confirmation.
He installed attorneys Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn to the independent agency that oversees union elections and investigates suspected unfair labor practices.
Block is a senior Labor Department official and Griffin is a labor attorney and a former NLRB counsel. Both are Democrats. Flynn is currently counsel to the NLRB’s lone Republican, Brian Hayes.
The move sidestepped congressional Republicans who have obstructed nominations to the board and left it short-handed for an extended period.
Obama was under pressure to act when he did as the NLRB lost the quorum necessary for it to fully conduct business on Tuesday when member Craig Becker’s term expired. Becker, also a recess appointment, was named to the job by Obama in 2010.
Also on Wednesday, Obama used a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray to head the country’s new consumer financial watchdog. The appointments are part of a broader White House strategy to portray Obama as an activist president confronted with a do-nothing Congress that has stymied his economic agenda.
Union Bosses Applaud Obama’s Unconstitutional Appointments to NLRB
Notwithstanding the CFPB appointment, Obama’s seating of the three NLRB appointees-two of whom are ardently pro-union and demonstrate Obama’s ongoing willingness to continue his carpet-bombing campaign on millions of job creators-drew immediate fire U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), who stated:
“President Obama’s stunning move to install not one but three new members to the National Labor Relations Board without a hearing or a vote in the United States Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power and an affront to the will of the American people.
“For months, workers and employers have expressed outrage over the board’s job-destroying actions, and in response, the House of Representatives took definitive action to rein in the NLRB’s activist agenda through two pieces of bipartisan legislation. Now, the president has taken matters into his own hands, unilaterally selecting new board members without allowing the Senate or the public any opportunity to consider their qualifications for this important position.
“Make no mistake – each and every decision issued by this board will be tainted by the president’s actions. I will continue to pursue aggressive oversight of the NLRB and take any action necessary to protect the rights of workers and employers.”
Obama’s appointments to the NLRB comes a less than three weeks following his nomination of International Union of Operating Engineers General Counsel Richard Griffin and former attorney to Ted Kennedy, Sharon Block, to fill vacancies at the Board.
Union bosses, however, are positively gleeful with Obama’s move.
The SEIU issued a press release Wednesday afternoon stating:
President Obama Stands With Working Families*
Today President Obama appointed three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in doing so took a strong stand for workers around the country.
The appointments bypasses the predictable Republican filibusters or other obstructionist measures they would employ. There is no doubt that if given the shot, the GOP would have done away with the Board entirely, probably the very worst thing working families need right now.
[*Apparently, to the SEIU, America’s job creators do not work, nor do they have families.]
November 18, 2010
The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the president from implementing more of his polices.
The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point.
“I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Center for American Progress head and former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta told the Daily Caller. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”
How does one “move the country forward”? In the center’s report, Podesta explains that Obama can use executive orders, rule-making, and even the armed forces “to accomplish important change” and that such means “should not be underestimated.”
What exactly does Podesta think the president should use such powers to “accomplish”? Among others, the report suggests “job creation,“ ”quality affordable health care,“ ”sustainable security,“ and ”a clean energy future.”