Recess appointments are indeed authorized by the Constitution. I fully understand the need for them, and, when used properly they can fill positions that are critical to the national well being.
What I seriously dislike is when a President uses them in a purely political manner. BHO has just done exactly that. To be fair though, I can’t remember any President that hasn’t done the same thing. Still, just because someone else has done something despicable doesn’t make it any less despicable.
Jeffrey Goldstein, undersecretary for domestic finance at the Treasury Department
_ Michael Mundaca, assistant secretary for tax policy at the Treasury Department
_ Eric Hirschhorn, undersecretary of commerce for export administration and head of the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Commerce Department
_ Michael Punke, deputy trade representative — Geneva, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
_ Francisco Sanchez, undersecretary for international trade, Commerce Department
_ Islam Siddiqui, chief agricultural negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
_ Alan Bersin, commissioner of U.S. customs and border protection, Department of Homeland Security
_ Jill Long Thompson, member of the Farm Credit Administration Board
_ Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management, Department of Homeland Security
_ Craig Becker, member of the National Labor Relations Board
_ Mark Pearce, member of the National Labor Relations Board
_ Jacqueline Berrien, chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
_ Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
_ Victoria Lipnic, commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
_ P. David Lopez, general counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
I first saw that list and just went… You have got to be kidding! I’m not completely sure on this, but I think that I have never seen a list of people that are either more, one: incompetent, or two: possess credentials that make the term conflict of interests laughable!
There should be some unspoken rule, based upon personal honor, that a President will not use recess appointments to circumvent the will of the Senate. As in, don’t use the process to appoint anyone to a position that the Senate has held up. There have to be any number of qualified people that could do those jobs on an interim bases while things get sorted out.
This will never happen of course, and it just shows how damned stupid the American people can be at times. Electing people to office that are more concerned with “legacy” than the sound and moral governing of the nation.
What next? Bill Ayers to head DHS?