From Chris Colliers book Decision in Philadelphia, We remember that the delegates were very conscious of how King George had manipulated Parliament, and the royal governors, the colonial legislatures, by dangling lucrative appointments before influential politicians. In order to prevent this, the Virginia Plan expressly forbade congressmen from holding other public offices. Nonetheless, a president could easily get around the provision by offering plums to family or friends of congressmen; it seemed best to limit his (the President) appointing power as sharply as possible.
Our Framers were determined to minimize the problem yet not discourage talented men from service. It was a delicate balancing act, for if there had been a ban during and up to one year after legislative service, George Washington would not have been appointed General during the late war.
Back in the Horse and wagon days. I love addressing the philosophical elements of the constitutional arguments and then being served a reminder of the difficulties that were an every day labor to the people of those days.
I was of a mod to agree with Mr.Mercer taking some pleasure at comparing his view to modern day. But I am mediated by Mr.Gerrys’ response -and note Mr.Mercer seemed to be pretty much ignored(if I am right)And rightly so for his comment seemed the antithesis of the very purpose they had been delegated to achieve?
Somehow this hasn’t stopped Obama from amassing a gaggle of czars, which are harmful for a different reason than the risk of turning individual influential politicians to him. But there would be nothing keeping an Obama II from carrying that to the next step.