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The Czar Lives. Long Live the Czar!


January 4, 2012- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the President’s unprecedented recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the new CFPB while the Senate is not in recess:

“Although the Senate is not in recess, President Obama, in an unprecedented move, has arrogantly circumvented the American people by ‘recess’ appointing Richard Cordray as Director of the new CFPB. This recess appointment represents a sharp departure from a long-standing precedent that has limited the President to recess appointments only when the Senate is in a recess of 10 days or longer. Breaking from this precedent lands this appointee in uncertain legal territory, threatens the confirmation process, and fundamentally endangers the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

To be clear, every administration dating back to FDR’s has had czars. The executive branch has a right to have advisors. But no administration has appointed individuals with strong personal agendas to roles such as “Car Czar”, “Climate Czar”,  “Energy and Environment Czar”, “Green Jobs Czar”, “Guantanamo Closure Czar” (We kid you not. How’s that one going?)…and the list goes on….both sides of the aisle have had czars, so we tread lightly here on the constitutional issue. But the fact of the matter is that no President has had as many czars as has Obama and no President has surrounded himself with partisan zealots as has our current President.

At this rate, Obama will end up with close to fifty czars during his four year term of office. They operate with little to no accountability, and no congressional checks and balances. It would be one thing if they were fighting to stamp out government waste. Unfortunately, they are contributing to our waste while simultaneously pursuing their liberal agendas.

There are two trails upon which the Obama administration treads:

 1)      the visible path of economic redistribution whereupon all who have lived the American dream are held up as culprits, and

2)      the invisible path which is trod every day by his disciples who routinely punch holes deeper and deeper into the framework of our American exceptionalism.

 The trails have at least one thing in common; they are trails of tears.

The litany of abuses by this administration grows longer. We have said it before, and we will say it again now. Mr. Perspicacious and his minions may love America, but they certainly do not love the America we love. We love and applaud the land of the free, and the home of the brave. We embrace the notion that this country encourages equality of opportunity, rather than mandates equality of outcome.

The President promised change and (unfortunately!) he is delivering it. We firmly believe he has 40% of the electorate already secured. Whether we like it or not, that is how many voters will vote for the democrat candidate regardless of how recklessly he has performed. To be fair, the ultimate Republican nominee will have just as many voters lined up behind him. (We can say “him” now, as Michele Bachman has withdrawn following her low support level in the Iowa Caucus.) So it all boils down to that middle 20%. This group is comprised of the independents, the undecided’s, the soccer moms; all in all, it is those who are not partisan, and who truly will vote for the person they think is most capable of getting us back on track.

The President will try to convince the voter that the economy is back on track. Folks, even with unemployment dropping to 8.5%, that number is still indicative of the complete failure of the administration’s recovery program, and the economy hasn’t rebounded this slowly since the great depression. (Does anyone else find it interesting that the great depression was the last time the Government tried to solve our economic woes?)

The next few weeks will be interesting political spectacle, as the Republicans continue down the road to nominate their candidate. In the meantime, the President continues to place the actual economic producers in the U.S.on the end of his line, and casts as far out into the electorate to see what he can catch.

Opine Needles can’t wait for primary season to end, so our candidate can focus full time on reminding the American people just how badly this President has damaged our country. We cannot afford another four years.

 More to Follow-

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  • Dchapoton

    I am thoroughly enjoying Opineneedles – it is thoughtful and insightful, causing one to think seriously about the issues our country faces today. Thanks for all of your hard work in making this happen.

    My days in Washington have made me sensitive to issues where substance is significantly influenced by partisanship. I’m certainly no fan of Obama’s, but I’m not sure I understand why the appointment of Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is further evidence of Obama’s flagrant use of “Czars”. Maybe I’m missing something but it seems to me that every administration has a number of appointments of this nature. Of course the recess appointment process he used was highly questionable and will no doubt lead to problems in future administrations. Moreover, I don’t believe I would cite Mitch McConnell’s feelings on this matter as being terribly important. Ever since McConnell announced that his primary goal for this term of Congress was to assure that Obama is a one term president, I have had little respect for him. Being partisan is one thing, but announcing that such a result was his primary goal this term despite the many other problems faced by the country makes me question all of his strong statements against Obama as being purely partisan in nature. Nevertheless, the process used in this appointment was highly questionable and is further evidence of this Administration’s willingness to ignore protocol if not constitutional principles in achieving its goals.

    Thanks again for sharpening our focus on the important issues now being faced by our country.

    • Opine Needles

      Thanks for those comments…I appreciate your view, and agree re the Senate minority leader….I'm glad you are enjoying the website…I have some good featured author material coming soon….