February 8, 2013 by Chip Wood
Appeals Court overrules Obama. Remember a year ago, when President Barack Obama claimed he was making “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (except the Senate wasn’t really in recess)? On Jan. 25, a three-judge panel of the U.S. court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the appointments were an illegal abuse of executive power. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided not to get involved in the dispute. That means all of the pro-union orders the NLRB issued last year could be thrown out. Stay tuned; this could get interesting.
Some really super ads. There were a couple of commercials that really resonated with viewers during last Sunday’s Super Bowl. Budweiser was back with another winning Clydesdale story. This one had more schmaltz than a Hallmark commercial, with even some male viewers choking back a tear or two. No comment about the dialogue, because not a word was said during the entire spot. That wasn’t the case with my second favorite, Chrysler’s powerful tribute to America’s farmers. The prose poem by Paul Harvey was deeply moving. I wonder how many younger viewers had no idea who they were hearing.
Just how low were those skeet? In a recent interview, President Barack Obama said, “(U)p at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” Really? In an effort to support the President’s claim, the White House released a photograph of him holding a shotgun that had just been fired. The gun is pointed straight ahead, however, not up in the air, as would normally be the case. This led some critics to suggest that the picture was a PR shot, not a skeet shoot. That, in turn, caused some supporters to denounce “Republican conspiracy nuts” who would make such an accusation.
No legislation needed. When asked about legislation to implement President Barack Obama’s climate-change proposals, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) had this to say: “A lot of you press me … on: ‘Where is the bill on climate change? Where is the bill?’ There doesn’t have to be a bill. There will be many approaches, but I’m telling you right now, EPA has the authority in the transportation sector, in the electricity sector, and the industrial sector under the Clean Air Act” to do everything that legislation could accomplish. Nice job of abdicating your authority, Senator.