President Obama’s power is growing.

Today’s’ presidential appointment of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB breaks the traditional recess appointment process. Generally the congress must be in recess for 3 days before the President can do this. This was even the administration position in an argument before the Supreme Court in 2010 to reaffirm the three day window the Clinton shortened from the historical ten day window. Interesting how things change….
And speaking of change…the complete silence from the Democrat party on the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act and the potential of indefinite detainment of citizens is a real change from the howling we heard under Bush…much less  the “audacity” of the Patriot act. The really interesting part is the absurdity of the president signing statement as a ruse to “protect” US citizens.


My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens … Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.

 

This is silly and completely disingenuous when it was the administration who requested the exception for Americans be removed from the bill. The only people howling are conservatives…and the ACLU!
I wish I could understand what this man is thinking. His consolidation of power started with the appointment Of Czars, circumvention of the legislature by the EPA, the improper recess appointments and this ability to detain anyone on the planet with out trial…(in all fairness I’m really only interested in US citizens here). There are many other examples of over reach but this new power authorized in the NDAA is particularly troubling. I’m not very happy with republicans in congress who were rushed along with this and may not have been able to parse the requisites in the two defining sections on detention 1021 and 1022.  The latter section exempts citizens; however the preceding discretionary detention does not and the wording may have confused those gleaning the 1800 pages.

The president is facing a very hard campaign coming up. I have to wonder what power he will attempt to gain prior to November. None the less many of these power grabs should be at odds with principles of the left. Or perhaps…it’s change(d).

 

A note on the non recess apt. The Dod Frank Bill specificly states the head of the CFPB must be confirmed by Congress. Thus…Cordray has no authority.

This appointment and those to the NLRB are in violation of the constitution.

Coffee Reading

Congressional Research Service
http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=’0DP%2BP%5CW%3B%20P%20%20%0A

Understand the CFPB…is under the Fed(Joe’s Private Bank) There is only One Congressional(Read:constititional) oversight and that is Confermation by the Senate… (This whole entity is funded and appropriated…by the Federal Reserve….Not the congress( read:constitution))…Thus…its ONLY semblance of “Consent of the Governed” is  the Confirmation.

” The only reason Republicans in the Senate have blocked Richard is because they don’t agree with the law setting up the consumer watchdog”-Obama, Yesterday

Wrong.

…its ONLY semblance of “Consent of the Governed” is  the Confirmation. That should have EVERYONE’S ATTENTION.
This is why the republicans were in opposition…not the appointment of Cordray. The CFPB is an autonomous entity w/ the power to regulate.

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obamas-constitutional-gamble-on-consumer-finance-nomination/

“The Dodd-Frank Act is very clear, even a law professor can probably understand this section, that authorities under the Act remain with the Treasury Secretary until the Director is “confirmed by the Senate”.  A recess appointment is not a Senate confirmation.”

The President’s speech yesterday should chill every citizen.

“But when Congress refuses to act and as a result hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them.” 
Congress is the peoples mechanism to direct their government. Granted, the 17th amendment put it farther out of our reach…but the President seeks to insulate entities that govern us even more.

The powers being consolidated in the White house are frightening no matter who resides there.

 

Here is What Could Happen Next

Another recess apt to install a new heard of FHFA, institute an massive mortgage adgustment program placing the burden on taxpayers…all outside the perview of Congress. …and buying the next election.

http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/eliasisquith/2012/01/04/will-the-next-recess-appointment-be-the-biggest-one-yet/