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Obama’s Recess Appointments Slammed By Republicans

January 3, 2011 by  

Obama's recess appointments slammed by RepublicansPresident Barack Obama's recent appointments during the congressional recess are under fire from GOP lawmakers.

On Dec. 29, the President announced the appointments of six officials, including James Cole as deputy attorney general. Although Cole cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee over the summer, Republicans have questioned his stance on prosecuting terror suspects.

In a written statement, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Cole's appointment shows that the Obama administration wants to enact "dangerous policies" of treating terrorism as a criminal issue, according to FOX News. He cited statements made by Cole in 2002, in which he compared the Sept. 11 attacks to activity such as organized crime, rape, child abuse and the drug trade.

"I find it absolutely shocking that President Obama would appoint someone who has diminished the 9/11 terrorist attacks by comparing them to the drug trade and who believes that a civilian courtroom is the appropriate venue for 9/11 trials," King said in the statement.

Obama also named the first United States ambassador to Syria since 2005, appointing career diplomat Robert Ford. According to Bloomberg, GOP Senators opposed Ford's nomination because they claimed the appointment would be a reward for Syria, a nation they believe is tied to foreign terrorist organizations.

Because the President's appointments were made while Congress is in recess, the officials may serve without Senate confirmation until the end of next legislative session. 

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  • Vigilant

    Other presidents have made the recess appointments as well, to avoid the messiness and publicity of confirmation hearings. The difference is that Obama made such a big deal about transparency in government that the hypocrisy is glaring.

    • Kinetic1

      Really Vigilant, hypocrisy? There’s nothing “back room” about recess anointments. It’s all out in the open, just not through normal channels. Of course it could have been through normal channels if the Republicans didn’t spend the first two years trying to block EVERYTHING the president tried to do. He could have nominated Pat Robertson and the Republicans would have blocked him. It has little to do with the qualifications of the nominee and everything to do with trying to prevent any success for the President and the Democratic party.

      • Rev John 7

        Give me a break, are you that stupid to think the items that BHO what to do are helping this nation. Are you living under a rock.

        • Tom

          Rev John: The Presidents ‘agenda’ is helping my family just fine. Much better than GWB ‘agenda’ did. This current President hasn’t caused my family to lose any of it’s members fighting in two illegal wars like the previous one did.

      • carol

        Get your head out of that sack so you can see! Your remark is so ridiculous that a constructive comment is not possible.

        • http://slowdad@aol.com Ed in Florida

          True, it is not uncommon for a President to appoint persons to a government position during a recess. This is a practice that should be stopped for both sides. However; when other Presidents have done this there was not much concern because the sitting President was truly an American. This time the President may not be an American and is not a President with the welfare of this nation his top priority. This President is truly anti-American and his appointments are truly a threat to our American liberties. Obama does not respect our liberties and our time proven capitalist system and his intent is to dismantle them one by one. This president only appoints persons who are stupid yes men and women and who are avid Socialist/Communist promoters. Obama said for us to judge him by the people he surrounds him self with. Well we see these people and they are without a doubt enemies of the state. These people are appointed with the sole purpose of dismantling our Republic, our Constitution, and our economy in order to reduce the USA to a third world nation. Obama’s agenda is most probably set by George Soros. Are we willing to risk our children and grandchildren’s future, freedoms, and liberties by standing still and not demanding from this corrupt Obama Administration honesty and respect for the American People?

          • Tom

            Ed in Florida: Really? He IS as American as you and I are. The rhetoric about his birth certificate is old and unfounded. It is high time to find a new lie to entrench yourselves in.

      • JUKEBOX

        What would you say if he appointed Bill Ayers as Homeland Security Chief, Bernie Madoff as SEC Chairman, and Dr. Jack Kervorkian as head of Obamacare?

  • Warrior

    Well, let’s see what Jan 4th brings. Should be very interesting.

    • Norm

      Warrior
      Don’t get your hopes up.
      First on the agenda is healthcare repeal. What a joke and waste of valuable time. The dems control the senate and own the presidency. Health care has no chance of being overturned.

      • JB

        NORM,

        You are incorrect with your assessment of the Obama care cannot be repealed. It can most certainly be and will be repealed. Just watch.

        • Norm

          JB
          If you can explain how it can be done please let me know.
          I’m all ears (eyes).

          • Palin12

            It’s not that difficult. The remaining democrats, some of whom voted against obummercare, saw what just happened to their colleagues and if they are up for reelection in 2012 might vote in favor of repeal. More importantly, I would like to see the Supreme Court throw out the individual mandate on the grounds of it being unconstitutional.

          • Bill

            Barry acted beyond his constitutional authority by dictating that states would have to accept this agenda. Government does not have the authority to act beyond the limited powers of the U.S. Constitution. The people need to learn what their rights are, and what the constitution is all about before it is too late.

          • Norm

            The anti healthcare crowd will never muster 60 votes in the Senate, and certainly could never override a presidential veto.
            The reason for the big in-roads in the House for repubs and teabaggers was more about jobs and deficits.
            When they show they can’t or won’t solve those problems, they may be the job hunters in 2012.

          • http://naver Sook Young

            Sorry Norm, but it is a violation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Why don’t you believe in what we were founded on:

            Self reliance
            Personal responsibility
            Limited government

            Why do you believe that incorrect belief of the government is suppoesed to do thing for the people that they can’t do for themselves? Gee, Norm, look what has happened because of people like you, Norm. Look what has happened to this great nation of ours. Are you really saying that you like the direction we are going? If you are happy about it, then you really are being absurd in thought. Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

        • eddie47d

          Healthcare shouldn’t be repealed but the opposition will do everything in their power to tear it apart thus making it unworkable.Fear and sabotage rule the Republican Party and this will be no different.

          • post_turtle_hunter

            It has nothing to do with “health”, and if you think for one second that it does, then you have been thrown in the pool of kook-aid. There are no provisions in the Constitution that give anyone a right to health, but only by their pursuit of a healthy life. The financial impact of this so-called “affordable healthcare” lie have already been set in motion, as enrollment periods have seen a change in coverage/rates/allowances that have nothing to do with improving medical care, but simply offset more cost onto the individual for the same or less coverage.

          • Ellen

            Of course Obamacare needs to be repealed. Our problem is our poor health & overuse of the system, not the insurance companies. Preventative care is mostly a farce. Can going for an annual physical stop me from getting diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or becoming fat? No. These can all be avoided by eating real food without junk the FDA allows in our food. Obamacare now will give preventative care to millions more which will only add more cost to our heathcare system. And, we’ll still be sick & fat. Medicaid is breaking the budget in every state & Obamacare will increase the Medicaid rolls. Limit welfare & fix our food and both of these problems will be solved. Instead, Obamacare will make them worse. BTW, the Republican bill that was written (and has a House Bill number) wouldn’t get considered because Pelosi ruled the floor. It was a far better bill than Obamacare, yet most Americans don’t know it even exists because Obama chose to lie and say the Repubs had no solutions.

          • william

            eddie get off the koolaid,

          • clh

            Health care my ass. This bill is filled with more controlling aspects than anything else. Death panels, yes death panels, yes death panels Eddie. They want to CONTROL the heatlh care of people and get rid of the old sick and young sick and have only a nation of working slaves for the government. Remember Charlton Heston’s Solient Green?
            I panel of 13 people will determine YOUR future and that is bottom line, and will cost you 4 times as regular health care where your doctor determines your treatment.
            Get real and start reading for yourself rather than listening to the libs. You would be surprised at the truth.

          • eddie47d

            Thank you clh you proved beyond a reasonable doubt what the nutcases on the right have been saying. I prefer water as my choice of drink so I’ll leave the “kool aide” crap to you all.

          • Kinetic1

            Ellen,
            IF, during that preventative care visit the tests show that you’re getting close to becoming diabetic, then yes, it can help prevent it. Weight loss, avoiding certain foods etc. can reverse the progress, but if you don’t know you’re there ……. And how about cholesterol? I have not been very good about my diet and I now have weight issues (which I am addressing.) So should I be watching my cholesterol? Oddly enough, mine is great. Of course I have a pretty fit neighbor who is on medication to reduce his cholesterol. Based on popular theory and left to our own devises, I would be over compensating for a problem I didn’t have, and my neighbor might be on the express to a heart attack.

            Information is power and that’s what an annual checkup provides. Yes, we would all be better off if we only ate the “right” foods and got plenty of exercise, but even then, some of us are predisposed to some diseases. Without preventative care, it’s all a crap shoot.

          • getitright

            Riddle me this, if the healthcare plan is so good…why do government officials want to be excluded, along with some other groups, now which version you read, this may or may not be in there.

            The quick market adjustment doesn’t cost us the taxpayers anything…open up competition between insurance companies, deal with the attorneys (wow don’t expect anyone to touch that one), remove preexisting condition restrictions, restructure insurance companies to non-profit status or bring in a couple of new players at that status.

            The reality is as long as insurance companies are FOR profit, they are doing their job rewarding their shareholders, doesn’t have a thing to do with healthcare.

            Many people think the doctors are the ones making all the money. They have to take care of patients that don’t have insurance also, and guess who pays?? NO ONE, my spouse is a surgeon so if the person doesn’t have insurance you cannot be turned away, they just get a free surgery. The hospital, the physician, everyone gets stiffed unless the patient makes good on the bill. There are people that legitimately cannot obtain insurance and deserve access, which is another issue to address with insurance companies, but a high percentage of the uninsured CHOOSE not to pay for insurance so they can buy beer and cigarettes or not “waste” money on the what-if.

            Here’s one…to purchase cigarettes or alcohol, you should present along with your ID a valid health insurance card, because you are going to use my family’s personal time when you get sick and they have to save your life with typically no much as a thank you.

            Health care is not a right. Access to health care is a right. Take responsibility for yourself.

          • Steve

            eddie47d, you need to move to Canada. This is the US and Obamacare is unconstitutional. I’m sorry you didn’t learn this stuff in school or understand what made this country great.

          • carol

            Ellen you have it right. Our health has been ruined by the FDA and the FDA got ruined by Big Pharma. Big Pharma controls the FDA The FDA allows the promotion of toxic drugs by Bib Pharma and then allows all kinds of chemicals to be added to our food. Where do you think cancer came from- from what has been done to our food both in the fields and the processing. They turn their back because of big bucks. Big Pharma has ruined the health care in this country. Drugs are way overused and common sense diet has bee thrown out the window. They are now targeting our children to get them on drugs earlier. What a scam at our expense.
            Obama care needs to be repealed because it is not care – it is letting government decide if you get care and they have a panel that will do that. Doesn’t sound like health care it sounds more like if you get sick and are over a certain age then bye, bye. Of course the higher ups will be exempt.

            AARP has been received a nice reward for promoting Obama care.

          • Tom

            For those of you who are opposed to the current healthcare laws you are either a) uninformed b) childless c) daft d) ignorant about healthcare billing is done for the uninsured. Read up on it. You have been paying higher rates all these years so that 85% of what you pay in didn’t go to YOUR health care but instead to the pockets of the CEO’s and officers of the healthcare company. NOW they can only use 25% of your insurance dollars to oay for staff. If they raise your rates it is NOT because your healthcare went up it is because THEY want to be paid more. Don’t blame the current law – BLAME THE INSURANCE CROOKS. Another thing you need to know and understand: Who do you think pays for those uninsured that use hospitals and clinics? YOU DO. And you pay at a MUCH higher rate than those that actually have insurance because it is NON-NEGOTIATED rates – in other words YOU PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE UNINSURED. See, you have been paying for it all along and probably didn’t know it. So, go ahead and protest until you are blue in the face. Do you think at this point they will lower rates? NOPE. Once they are up, they don’t come down… they continue to go up. How many of you think your family doctor is worth $178 for a 15 minute visit? Take a look at the NON-NEGOTIATED rates and you will see EXACTLY what I am talking about. If you aren’t in healthcare billing then you just don’t understand how helpful the new laws are actually going to be.

      • t.c.

        hey you know it obamacare is here to stay , because of senator reids democrats . so hello socialism and sky high taxes and the fines we will have for not haveing the insurance . thank you democrats .

        • Norm

          t.c.
          Taxes are at historic lows and you can see how well that has worked.

          • ChestyPullerFan

            “Taxes are at historic lows”…..What the flip have you been smoking? Obummer & crew have been playing political football with the taxes for several years, trying to make it look like everytime the opposition wants to cut spending & lower taxes,that they want to make “grandma & grandpa” suffer!Obummer and crew are actively advancing the total collapse of our society so that they can grab absolute control, a goal that they are damn near doing with the Dem/Progressive sheep bleeting stupid platitudes of “we’re doing better than ever before with “TAX RATES AT HISTORIC LOWS”. You can fool all the people some of the time,and some of the people all of the time,but you cannot fool all the people all the time!

          • Norm

            Chesty

            Today, the top income tax rate is 35 percent, starting at $186,825 for individuals and $373,650 for couples.

            By contrast, during the eight years of the Eisenhower presidency, the top rate averaged roughly 90 percent, typically hitting individuals making $200,000 a year or couples making $400,000 a year. In 2010 dollars, that’s equivalent to $1.6 million for an individual and $3.2 million for a couple. Someone making the 1954 equivalent of $186,825 in today’s money would have paid a tax rate of 59 percent back then.

            Now for Ronald Reagan.

            In 1981, Reagan’s first year, the top tax rate was 70 percent, hitting individuals earning $107,100 and couples earning $215,400. The top rate dropped immediately to 50 percent in 1982 and stayed there through 1986. In 1987, the top rate fell again to 38.5 percent, and in 1988, it fell to 28 percent, kicking in at $113,300 for married individuals and $149,250 for married couples. (The 1988 incomes would be equivalent to $209,000 and $275,000 today.)

            So, for one year of the Reagan presidency, the top rate was lower than it is now under Obama. For the other seven years, it was higher.

          • eddie47d

            Now you got Chesty all upset with facts. Man they hate that!

          • Steve

            Norm you are an idiot. We haven’t seen wage increases in the private sector in 20 years. Because of inflation the parents now have to work full time just to make it where before families could live on one salary. Since the FED was created they have managed to destroy 97% of the value of the dollar so we are now have 3% purchasing power and it hasn’t finished falling, genious. Bernake has admitted that inflation is a tax. It’s a big one and it’s on top of all the other federal taxes, state taxes, sales taxes, ect.

            I’m glad that God said that he wouldn’t destroy the world again by flooding it but he really doesn’t need to. Ignorant, uninformed and wrongly opinionated people like you are doing it. Just move to Canada man. You don’t have a clue what made this country great.

          • Norm

            Steve
            It’s the conservatives that want to lower the min. wage, destroy unions, and cut taxes on the very people who shipped more than 2 million jobs out of the country.
            It wasn’t the government that created the recession were in, it was the greedy money worshippers, most of whom are “good Christians”.

          • eddie47d

            Steve; Canadians are good folks so why don’t you move up there and say howdy. Okay I’ll let you stay here. It’s always odd that the righties always want those with different opinions to go to Canada or Cuba. It’s their voice or nothing so can you say censorship or dictatorship. Private healthcare is slipping on several fronts so what are you personally doing to make it better. Talk up the solutions or it will only get worse and more expensive. Canada and Cuba both have longer life spans than the US. So what can we do to make ours better?

          • JUKEBOX

            When I started working, SS tax was less than 2%. What history book are you reading, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO OBAMA?

  • Sam Sloan

    Why dose Obama only make appointments when congress is in recess or sign bills we don’t want behind closed doors

    • Mick

      Sloan says:
      January 3, 2011 at 7:40 am
      Why dose Obama only make appointments when congress is in recess or sign bills we don’t want behind closed doors
      ************************************
      Come on Sam !If you can get in the front door go through the back door……

      • Mick

        Sorry,,,,Should read ” if you CAN”T get in the front door…”

        • eddie47d

          9/11 was a criminal act so the writer needs to get real. As far as those appointments goes;Too many have been delayed for over 2 years and that has made parts of government unworkable (more so).More obstructing by the Republicans to keep anything from working. Obama should have brought the issue to the public months ago and demanded action from the Republicans. More proof that the Right is more interested in Party than in the Nation.

          • william

            eddie you have been drinking too much of obamas koolaid,

          • Allan Halbert

            Eddie-

            Would you vote for appointees and ideas you don’t believe in?

            If not, why would you expect Republicans to do so?

          • Brian

            Look the Government shoud even be in the business of Helthcare Let’s see when the U.S. or even the state Govenment runs somthing it cost us 10 to 100 time more to run it than if the free market lookn at the evidance besides the Constitution limitesd the Govenment in what it is to do and if we just went back to that document we could lower the taxes to less than 10% across the board and more businesses would thive and we would have more jobs than we could fill and the debt well there wouldn’t be any debt. This is or was a free Country I I don’t want insurance fine but I shouldn’t lookto you or anyone in cluding the Government to take care of my choice of no insurance. we are loosing our freedoms from both sides of the fence Republican or democrat the spening has to stop The government has spent so much that we are loosing our statis as world monitary control and China is picking it up if every man woman and working child paied the government everything they had for a whole year we could pay off the debt.

          • eddie47d

            Halbert; Then there should have been an up or down vote on the nominees that were chosen. If a nominee is not voted in then someone else should be chosen. Actually rather simple instead of all this childish behavior that the Republicans have displayed.

          • eddie47d

            Healthcare costs went up 59% in the last 7 years. The biggest part of that pot was from private companies. To say they will control costs is absurb at best. Their cost increases smell like a pair of gym shoes.

          • Kinetic1

            Brian,
            The country is not suffering a shortage of punctuation marks, so use them. Your post is almost illegible without great effort (and it’s not worth the effort.)

          • John

            Come on people. This is all crap. In 1920 in the state of New York 2 or 3 socialist were elected to office their peers expelled them from the legislature they the socialist were very upset filed a lawsuit went to the supreme court the court ruled that socialism has no place in American politics. Now they are called progressives or left wing liberals. all with the same agenda Socialism. All these entitlements will bankrupt this country just take a look around at other countries like Greece thats just one. In the late 80′s and the early nineties when a large portion of American companies started making their products in other countries I said to a friend one day we will see unemployment that will bankrupt Social Security. All I can say is America better wake up or it will never be the same.

    • JUKEBOX

      He is open and honest, according to Chicago Rules of Political Procedure.

  • Kim

    Well, just like Clinton’s definition of “having sex”, Obama’s definition of transparency is a bit skewed…

    • Norm

      Kim
      It’s kind like of Bush’s definition of weapons of mass destruction.

      • Mick

        Norm says:
        January 3, 2011 at 8:18 am
        Kim
        It’s kind like of Bush’s definition of weapons of mass destruction.

        <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,

        REALLY NORM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." — From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998

        • eddie47d

          Dang! You mean Bush wasn’t capable of thinking for himself on that WMD issue. Using those Democrats to further his excuses. Two wrongs don’t make a right and it shows how easily all politicians are conned. These wars are too big of an issue “to be left to politicians”. I’m being sarcastic on that one and realistic at the same time.

          • Allan Halbert

            It also shows us how hindsight works.

      • clh

        Hey Norm, in case you missed it, Wikileaks proed there were weapons of mass destruction. As previously talked about, they were in mobile units and moved around the country as necessary. How about you moving back to Kenya with Obama and his fat ass wife when they get evicted

        • eddie47d

          You need to throw that mouth of yours out with the weekly garbage.Try gargling with Lysol.

          • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

            eddie69d, Since your so good at thinking for your self, why don’t you have a 69 party with the boy from Kenya, have a large drink of obama’s Kool Aid spike it with Lysol, then both of you can be polite and go F&%$ yourselves.

          • Bill

            Right on WIA !

          • eddie47d

            I see the garbage patrol is spreading trash(WIA)

        • Tom

          CLH – take the white sheet off your head and maybe you won’t be so blinded by your own bigotry.

        • Norm

          clh
          That’s odd because even GW admitted the no WMD’s was one of his biggest regrets.

      • John

        Saddam warned that he had them you dip stick. what if they did find them. then what. this guy used them on his own people. Maybe you approve of that. You sick air head

        • JUKEBOX

          Sarah Palin told us that there were death panels hidden in Obamacare, and nobody believed her. Today, Obama said that he is going to withdraw the death panels from the bill, even after he said they weren’t there. Which statement is true? I’m confused!

  • http://bjwholmes@verizon.net bjholmes

    Libs and kids have elected a president who is “The Enemy of the People”. The vote should be given only to 21 year olds and older. Our education system is no longer teaching that the Constitution is the document which along with the Declaration of Independence, made this nation great, with God’s help. Our pretend president, supposedly a teacher of Constitutional Law, only knows enough about it to violate it daily. It is simple, can be read in 30 minutes and easily understood, covering what America needs to respect. Our pretend president probably knows this. He seems to be a good reader of the teleprompter, not that he knows a word of what he’s saying.
    I wanted a new TV for Christmas and my children gave me one. Thank you. My old one had that jerk’s face, pointing his finger at me, all the time. I never call him as I have real presidents because if he knows what citizens want, he works as fast as he can to oppose it while he insults us. We must turn to God more diligilently than we have in recent times. Only God can help us in the predicament we have allowed.

    • Norm

      bjholmes
      Besides a mindless rant, I fail to see any measure of truth or value in your comments.

      • william

        norm I doubt if you would know the truth if it jumped at you,

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        [offensive post removed]

    • eddie47d

      Obama has not used the teleprompter anymore often than any other President. That is only useless blather from the sorehead righties.

      • william

        eddie you are still on the koolaid,

      • Robert

        Eddie47,
        He used a teleprompter to talk to 1st graders, give me a break!!!

      • Dale on the left coast

        O’bummer uses the “Prompter” to order at a restaurant . . . lol
        Look up “Clueless” in the Funk and Wagnall . . . there’s a picture of obummer . . . . lol

        • eddie47d

          What amazing knowledge Dale. You de man!??

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        eddie69d, Why don’t your borrow Obama’s teleprompter, drink his Kool Aid spike it with Lysol and then be polite and [offensive term removed] yourself in Kenya.

    • t.c.

      don’t you and i wish , 2nd chronicles chap 7 verse 14 tells it like it is , but we as a nation have said to hell with Jesus and God . unless you want to throw out the liberal God hateing , pro-gay and pro-aclu judges . then things might change.

    • Jo

      You’re right, bjholmes…only God can help us.

    • Tom

      BJHolmes: I am a “people” and I am an American and guess what? I am a MODERATE. President Obama is NOT my enemy.

  • Harold

    What do you expect from a socialist and a man who acts like Adoplh Hitler. He is nothing more or nothing less than an arrogant—–.

    • Norm

      Harold
      That damned Nazi Constitution. What did the “founding fathers” have in mind.

      • william

        dam norm. you are STUPID,

        • Norm

          william
          Brilliant!!
          We need you on a debating team.

        • Norm

          Incidentally Hitler was not a socialist. His forces destroyed the socialist regime in Spain and He sent more than a million troops to destroy the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union.
          The Nazis were right wingers.

          • Dale on the left coast

            Norm, Norm, Norm . . . . Normie . . . the nazi acronim was for “National Socialist Workers Party” . . . what planet have you veen living on????? Not only was he a Socialist, He was a Greenie and a Ugenist . . . . all enclaves of a devout radical leftist.
            Norm . . . you bring lack of knowledge down to new lows . . . read uncle adolph’s book . . . like Obummers book it gives you a window into his depraved mind!!!

          • eddie47d

            Hitler was no socialist and stole that acronym from the true Socialists of Germany. I think you are the one who needs to read history and stop with the distortions.

          • Norm

            Dale
            Try to use facts and not rants when post something.

          • Norm

            dale

            Many conservatives accuse Hitler of being a leftist, on the grounds that his party was named “National Socialist.” But socialism requires worker ownership and control of the means of production. In Nazi Germany, private capitalist individuals owned the means of production, and they in turn were frequently controlled by the Nazi party and state. True socialism does not advocate such economic dictatorship — it can only be democratic. Hitler’s other political beliefs place him almost always on the far right. He advocated racism over racial tolerance, eugenics over freedom of reproduction, merit over equality, competition over cooperation, power politics and militarism over pacifism, dictatorship over democracy, capitalism over Marxism, realism over idealism, nationalism over internationalism, exclusiveness over inclusiveness, common sense over theory or science, pragmatism over principle, and even held friendly relations with the Church, even though he was an atheist

  • Norm

    Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which states:
    The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

    Bush:
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Recess_appointments_made_by_President_George_W._Bush

    • JUKEBOX

      The only problem is that these VACANCIES did not occur during the recess, they already existed long before. All Presidents have distorted this.

  • patrick

    Yup another monday morning and as normal, more bull crap from Obammy boy and his crew of crooked czars. And yes folks, forget the impeachment, just organize the firing squads and lock and load, for these treason guilt ridden politicans will all be done away with to save our tax money from waste.

    • Norm

      patrick
      Didn’t take your pills this morning?

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        (offensive comment removed)

        • Norm

          wia
          my my my.

    • Kinetic1

      patrick,
      Racial overtones (name calling) and a call for assassination. Great way to start off the year.

      • eddie47d

        Half of these righties must have alcohol poisoning with what comes out of their mouths.

  • James Reeves

    To Norm

    Your quote from the Constitution answers your support of Obama. The unfilled positions must have become vacant (that may happened) during the time the Senate is in recess. The article is obviously for emergency and important positions only. These positions had obviously been vacant for some time. It seems that liberals read any document to say what they want it to say.

    James from Al.

    • william

      so correct James,

    • Allan Halbert

      It is true that Republicans have tried to block Obama’s appointments. But they should have if they believed the appointments were not in the country’s best interests, regardless of which method was being used to appoint them.

      • Norm

        Allan Halbert
        Everybody played by the rules. Crybaby right wing nuts just hate to lose.

  • Norm

    President Obama announced the recess appointment of 15 political appointees whose nominations had been stalled by Republicans.
    That Obama would use his recess appointment powers isn’t a surprise. According to the Congressional Research Service, President George W. Bush made 171 recess appointments; President Clinton made 139.
    Until Saturday, Obama hadn’t made any — despite Republican obstruction so intense that even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid begged Obama to do an end run.

    • http://personallibertydigest Joel

      I want you to remember 1/14/11, the beginning of the end for the White House Negro.

      • eddie47d

        Joel; Bring it on “honest” bigot! Norm; There you go again ruffling their feathers with facts. You know how it upsets their equilibrium and then they resort to defensive racial comments.

        • Norm

          wia
          Oh my my my.

      • Kinetic1

        WOW Joel! The first openly, honest, “in your face” racist on this site. From what I’ve seen, you’re not alone on this site in your beliefs, but no one else has been so blatant. You must be so proud!

  • Ace Sez

    It appears, by their commentaries that norm and eddie and the President are all ibued with the treasonable poison–anti-USA

    There is no truth or logic of ‘America First’ amongst liberals and quasi socialists–they deny the ‘greatness of our Nation by defending Osambo–who has shown his goal over and over again is to destroy the USA as the biggest and best civilized Nation in the history of mankind.

    I sincerely hope the newbies in the Senate and Congress will show the guts and fortitude to overthrow Osambo at every opportunity and actually impeach that uppity (n) for violations of Constitutional Law also do away with ‘Political correctness’ so our military can get their job done in the middle east.

    • Norm

      Ace
      Let’s not be ridiculous.

    • Kinetic1

      Sorry Ace. It was a good try, but Joel still has you beat.

    • Tom

      The “greatness of our nation?” Really??? How is it so great? We have quasi-christians (small c) trying to rewrite our Constitution and our history, we provoke illegal wars, we have people living on the streets with a VERY high poverty level, we are poluting our natural resources “because we can”… and you call us “great?????” REALLY???????? At one time we were. We are not any longer.

    • Tom

      And by the way Ace, when you use slurs like “OSAMBA” you make it VERY VERY VERY clear that you are only against our President because of the color of his skin. Go ahead and just wear your white sheet in public so we can identify you. Be honest about who and what you are. You will feel much better about yourself although you will probably be hated by the most.

  • James Reeves

    To Norm

    I think you are wrong to say that Obama had not made any recess apointments. Hope others can remember some. It does not matter what Bush or Clint did, if they violated the Constitution it is probably because others had misinterpreted it in the past.

    James from Al.

  • jopa

    Somehow when the above article said”according to Fox News” I just broke out in spontaneous laughter, sorry I know this may offend some of you, but I would hope for a more credible source.President Obama was voted in by the majority and when he appoints someone he is appointing for the majority of Americans.The people of America have spoken so have a good day.

    • http://personallibertydigest Joel

      And the legitamacy of his presidency will begin to be heard by the supreme court on 1/14/11

    • GregS

      Sorry to burst your bubble jopa, but Obummer’s approval ratings clearly indicate that he is NOT “appointing for the majority of Americans.”

  • Don

    jopa you are a total idiot and a lier if u believe odumbo was voted by the majority, half of the dumsheit voters were dead people to begin with !!! what are u smoking

  • http://com i41

    Don, just old pinheaded ahole, is a socialist delbert. Onumnutts appointments are such losers, and Wall Street slubs. So everytime a marxist comunist union democrap socialist talks about Wall Street and it connections to any party it is the asocialist Soros and his fecal eating followers of MCUDSP morons, like Norm, flushman and jopa! Since the dumbocrap party’s incepetion, voter fraud has always been it MO. Freaky Franken, Onumnutts, JFK, just to mention a few. Remember dem dorks can not figure out popular vote does not elect a president.

  • ONTIME

    Rule by decree, fiat and mandate is the modus operendai of this non transparent, uncredentialed shill and he doesn’t miss a bet, you do not turn your back on a unknown threat. The mild mannered Republicans need to get the head out of their backsides and plan ahead not put out fires to put a stop to this nonsense and treachery. The key to recovery and the way to put a stop to all of this is what we all know, “prove who this guy is” and make him produce his legal credentials for all to see and question. The problem is the MSM and the Deemers know that more than civil unrest is at stake here and their unvetted burr head has them in a fix. There may be civil war but some how I don’t think so once the perp is exposed and the evidence there for all to see. Being hit in the mouth with the truth may hurt but you will live thru the pain.

  • Kris

    They find it shocking that nobama would do this! Have they been asleep for the past 2 years? I have an idea, any “czar” must be paid money that comes out of the presidents own personal finances and not the taxpayers! If their not vetted by the congress and appointed only by the president, then he should pay for them himself and they will have no power to make any laws or regulations! Do this and you will see those “czars” disappear!

    • 45caliber

      Sounds good to me. I would like to see the new Congress pass a law that bans all appointments by any President that aren’t okayed by the Senate and that appointments can only be for heads of Departments or a personal staff that has no power at all except to advise him.

      • GregS

        Amen, 45!

  • GregS

    Hopefully, Donald Berwick, Obummer’s recess-appointed rationing czar for Medicare and Medicaid (Mr. Death Panel), will be kicked out!

  • 45caliber

    He’s done this time and again. Where is the surprise? He has no intention of allowing the Senate to vote on his appointments unless he is certain that they will do what he wants.

  • http://aol nancy says

    Congress follow the Constitution of United states of America, Protect America, that is what you where
    hired for. Our President is not proud of America, He should not be President. I want a President who
    is proud of America, who will defend our country, and WE THE PEOPLE who live here.
    I never in my life ever seen a president go to another country bow, knock down america, and his wife
    not proud of America. We lost chicago Olmpics? wonder why?

    • eddie47d

      I’m still hear Steve. I didn’t know you were going to miss me.I don’t know crack ..is that like plumbers butt? Good Night and see you tomorrow. Nancy; I don’t want any President warring for oil and spreading fear and hatred for America. Ring any bells? If Capitalism works so well why aren’t we negotiating for oil instead of killing for it? America is less safe because of our arrogance. Foreign countries don’t want anything to do with a nation that is always trying to drag them into war. Good intentions don’t always end in good results.

  • Steve

    Did you notice that Norm and Eddie have disappeared? They must have cashed their checks from George Soros and they’re out smoking crack again. I’m sure they will be back to blame George Bush some more later. Yes, that’s always great to hear over and over and over again, but it’s not very productive. The problem is these guys don’t know the truth. But seriously…

    Know the truth and the truth will set you free. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. If you reject Jesus then what seems like the truth may not really be the truth. Many disagree but everyone thinks they know truth, so obviously many do not. The bible says that people don’t accept the truth because they love their sin. I doubt this will change anyone’s mind about anything but there it is. I believe that some day we will all stand before god and answer for everything we have done. I believe in Jesus and I am grateful for Him. I know that God is good because when I needed Him the most I called out to Him and He answered me. He rescued me. I do not get everything I want and I still have problems. People can still fail me. If you need God then call out to Him. Come to Him the way of Jesus, the only way.

    • Norm

      Steve

      “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.”

      Source: Letter of Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, April 11, 1823.

  • Dennis

    Americas downfall,
    Believing that Obama was God, the man that would save America, this man hates America and wan’t nothing more than to destroy it, And he is. And voting will not stop him.

    • John

      that is the goal of the socialist

  • chuckb

    norm

    thomas jefferson was probably imbibing too much wine the day he wrote that letter. it’s strange he attended church almost all his life, except for a short period,that was after he consumed too much french wine in paris.

    • Norm

      chuckb
      He must have had a lot of wine, not unlike Jesus.

      “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”
      Source: Thomas Jefferson, “Religion” in Notes on the State of Virginia (1782), p. 286.

      • John

        norm, thats week If you like I can show you letters from an early atheist that was a member of the first congress that said in several of his writings that if it were not for the prayers and the moral standards of the congress the constitution would not have been written. Oh also the nation was called on for a day of prayer and fasting prior to the writing of the constitution. OH Norm this is documented also the Library of congress is a great venue for idiots like yourself.

      • JUKEBOX

        Which half do belong to Norm?

  • John

    Norm education is the key “the right education” You really need to inform yourself on our nations history. Some good sources are #1 Library of Congress check out the first congressional meeting you will be amazed at what you read. Also if you can’t read watch the Glen Beck Show sometimes he does some history that is spot on.

  • John

    you may not want to watch Glen Beck when he is talking about you left wing liberals or should I say progressives he is spot on there also.

  • John

    I have said my peace on this liberal media site God Bless You All And really Norm my prayers are for you and other like you.

  • CUZIN ERN

    The first order of biz………

    What is, is…Is he legal and qualified to lead the nation w/o revealing the fact he is human…???

    Expungement of past activities(records) to prove other wise have not been brought forth to prove or disprove a fact of value….

    Where as this rare event has stunned the world, it behoves the congress to rectify this needless over sight…

  • John

    my mistake maybe this is not a liberal media site haha got caught up in the defense of America. Sorry to say i’ll do it again

  • Eddie

    We hear about not relining on faring oil. If they really wanted to stop relining on faring oil why will they stop and use our oil. We have more oil here than any of these other country’s.

    I will tell you why they do not want to keep our people working.
    We could save more by using our own oil, the taxes that would come off the oil here would help us get out of debt.

  • http://deleted Eddie

    Eddie says:
    February 22, 2011 at 12:27 am
    We hear about not relining on faring oil. If they really wanted to stop relining on faring oil. Why will they not stop and use our oil. We have more oil here than any of these other country’s.

    I will tell you why they do not want to keep our people working.
    We could save more by using our own oil, the taxes that would come off the oil here would help us get out of debt.

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