Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

…I can do anything better than you. That is the opening line from a song in a Broadway show, Annie Get Your Gun. I’m having a good ‘Laugh Out Loud’ moment now that those words have come to life in the recent example of President Obama’s recess appointments of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Representatives from the GOP, the ‘Party of NO progress, common sense and/or compassion‘ are threatening a Constitutional challenge to the very tactic that has been repeatedly used by their leaders.  Mr. Obama simply did something they’ve done — and he did it better.  That, alone, is reason to laugh.

The CFPB is tasked with protecting consumers from deceitful banking practises and the NLRB’s goal is to protect American workers from unscrupulous employers. These agencies have been prevented from doing their jobs because they haven’t even been allowed to get the staff they need to carry out their respective missions. Senate Republicans spent months blocking President Obama from appointing someone to head the CFPB once it was clear that they didn’t have sufficient votes to block the creation of that very same agency. Personally, I don’t think Republicans are so upset about the use of the tactic to appoint officers during the Senate’s recess — it’s moreso that they expected President Obama to cave in and bow down. Rather than backing down to their persistent stall tactics, President Obama’s appointment of a head to an agency that Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail against comes across like a BITCH slap.  He said HELL YES right back in the face of their HELL NO… HAHAHAHA!  And knowing that Director Cordray will be targeting banks, mortgage lenders and other financial institutions (otherwise known as their deep-pocketed base) is enough to upset those conservatives.

On what grounds will/can the Republicans argue that the President’s action is inappropriate? I’m sure they know it’s not; it’s simply about stalling. Recess appointments are authorised by 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”.

The GOP’s stated goal has been to ensure that the President is unable to make any progress during his time in office (even if the financial well-being of the majority of Americans becomes collateral damage).

 


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