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January 04, 2012



""In 2008 candidate Barack Obama said: “This is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he is going along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for 10 years. ... We are not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.

Now…about signing statements – he recently used one to ignore about 20 provisions of the omnibus spending bill…doing precisely what he criticized George Bush for doing:
"I refuse to take 'No' for an answer… when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.”"

Sidney Gendin

Cordray is talented and qualified but Obama insulted Warren by not appointing her. Obama has no relish for a good fight. He would not only have had to fight the Senate but Geithner and Summers. "Spunk" is not his middle name.


Those unhappy can blame the political question doctrine, which makes such executive actions effectively unchallengeable.

Sean Hackbarth

CORRECTION: Republicans have not been periodically opening sessions in the Senate because they aren't in the majority and don't have control.

Joe Jefferis

Ohio voters fired Cordray in 2010.

Carmen Leslie

This move is another "power grab' by Mr. Obama. He's already refused to abide by the US Constitution's "separation" of Powers", so why should this move be new?
Peron and a few others did the same to gain "control" over their peoples.
They also practiced the "them against us" policy.
Don't Cry for Me, AMERICA.


It's about time the president acted to challenge the obstructionist tactics that have denied him the appointment power.

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