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Obama bypasses Senate, installs new consumer chief
Associated Press ^ | 1-4-12 | BEN FELLER and JIM KUHNHENN

Posted on 01/04/2012 11:07:27 AM PST by Justaham

President Barack Obama says he won't take "no" as an answer from Republicans, so he's going around them to appoint the head of a new consumer protection agency. Obama says Republicans would just keep holding Richard Cordray's nomination hostage—and the president says that's inexcusable and wrong.

He says Cordray must be in place in order for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to start helping consumers deal with unscrupulous mortgage companies, dishonest payday lenders, and others.

Obama announced the appointment of Cordray during a stop Wednesday in Ohio, where Cordray once served as attorney general.

Republicans are outraged but Obama says he has an obligation to act when Congress refuses to.

The recess appointment means Cordray stands to serve for at least the next two years.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


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To: Justaham

Opposing Obama in anyway is RACISM.

If I am going to be labeled a racist for opposing him, so be it and more importantly, BRING IT ON.

We are headed for a fight one way or another, so it might as well be now.

I’ve had enough....and I’m not alone..


51 posted on 01/04/2012 11:38:01 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Texas Fossil

It looks to me as if i-bama is deliberately trying to provoke a Constitutional crisis. It might behoove us to ask ourselves why? Something deeper is going on here.


52 posted on 01/04/2012 11:38:13 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Justaham
the united states constitution, as seen through the eyes of president obama


53 posted on 01/04/2012 11:39:54 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JimSEA

I’m not sure “benign” is the operative word.


54 posted on 01/04/2012 11:40:25 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Fantasywriter

Good points you make. Observant.. and all true.


55 posted on 01/04/2012 11:41:31 AM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: y6162

They already have the money passed by Congress.


56 posted on 01/04/2012 11:42:01 AM PST by kabar
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To: Chandalier

Since the Senate is not in recess, It’s apparently all good to appoint and swear-in instantly!

Next GOP president will have some fun.


57 posted on 01/04/2012 11:42:02 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Justaham

This is an outrage.

If this stands, Obama is the dictator that we thought he was.


58 posted on 01/04/2012 11:42:46 AM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Justaham

but wait- the Republicans dont control the Senate...this is Harry Reid’s boys and girls club


59 posted on 01/04/2012 11:42:58 AM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: xzins

Excellent post. Contact our Senators and demand they shut down business.


60 posted on 01/04/2012 11:43:23 AM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Justaham
Obama is just setting precedent for when the Republicans take control. If the next Republican President does something the MSM doesn't like, he can just site the "Obama Rule."

Also, since Harry Reid invoked the "nuclear option" earlier this year, no one can raise a stink when the Republican-controlled Senate does it next year. Its no longer the "Nuclear Option," its the "Reid Option."

61 posted on 01/04/2012 11:44:14 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: y6162

“Power of the purse. No money, no agency. The Kenyan lizard cannot spend money not allocated by congress.”

Who’s gonna stop him?
We no longer operate the government on “Budgets”, just continuing resolutions.

We haven’t had a budget since 2009.


62 posted on 01/04/2012 11:44:20 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Texas Fossil

How can you defund the entire department this fiscal year? The Omnibus spending bill has already been passed by Congress and signed by Obama. Moreover, the Reps only control the House. How would you get a defunding bill thru Congress.


63 posted on 01/04/2012 11:44:52 AM PST by kabar
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To: Justaham
The recess appointment means Cordray stands to serve for at least the next two years.

I thought a recess appointment was only good until the end of the current Congress which is the first week of January 2013? Or has Obama fudged that as well?

64 posted on 01/04/2012 11:44:52 AM PST by AU72
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To: elpadre
Impeach then send Obama here for 30 years.


65 posted on 01/04/2012 11:45:46 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Justaham

A second term of this would be the end. He cannot do this without enablers. Just like DOE loans, DOMA, fast and furious, vetting...


66 posted on 01/04/2012 11:46:32 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Cowboy Bob

The senate convened for a Pro Forma session yesterday and will do so again on Friday. This is how Harry Reid blocked Recess Appointments by Bush.


67 posted on 01/04/2012 11:46:52 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Chandalier

W Bush (Bolton) and Clinton ( Bill Lee ) both already did this once.

resist we (not) much !


68 posted on 01/04/2012 11:47:35 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Justaham
America? Here is your pompous Il DOUCHE

69 posted on 01/04/2012 11:47:43 AM PST by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: Justaham

Obama’s getting in practice for how he intends to rule following his re-election in November. What separation of powers?


70 posted on 01/04/2012 11:47:43 AM PST by Argus
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To: Justaham
This reminds me of Hitler's rise to power. He just took it when the opportunity arrived and the timid opposition caved in and let him do what had decided to do. We are flirting with the same sort of takeover here.

The GOP is rapidly becoming not only the Stupid Party but also the Cowardly Party!

71 posted on 01/04/2012 11:47:48 AM PST by Gritty (The can no longer can be kicked down the road. We're all out of road, there's only an abyss-M Steyn)
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To: dragonblustar

The GOP will huff and puff, fold their tents and slink away in the dark. It’s what they do.


72 posted on 01/04/2012 11:47:51 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Justaham

Obama’s move isn’t even valid under the statute creating the CFPB: The law apparently states that the Director must be confirmed by the Senate and not appointed to trigger empowerment:

“Sources tell Capitol Confidential that the statute creating the CFPB demands that the director be confirmed by the Senate—not installed via recess appointment—to trigger the agency’s shift from Treasury to the Fed and empower the Director.

http://biggovernment.com/capitolconfidential/2012/01/03/red-alert-new-unconstitutional-presidential-power-grab-may-be-eminent/


73 posted on 01/04/2012 11:48:19 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: kabar

The Senate does not control funding. The House does.


74 posted on 01/04/2012 11:48:44 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: iceskater

The R’s also voted for NDAA.


75 posted on 01/04/2012 11:48:49 AM PST by opentalk
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To: dragonblustar

If anyone tries to oppose Obama he will use his new power to declare them a terrorist, lock them up and throw away the key. Checkmate.


76 posted on 01/04/2012 11:49:29 AM PST by jpsb
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To: muddler
What are they doing about it, send him a strongly worded post it note?

STERN LANGUAGE PING!

77 posted on 01/04/2012 11:49:56 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Justaham
Republicans are outraged

But not so outraged as to vote a Bill of Impeachment.

And that's the problem, isn't it.

ML/NJ

78 posted on 01/04/2012 11:50:02 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Justaham
They ought to start Impeachment proceedings, but we know that wouldn't be successful, and would all but guarantee that Obama wins reelection.

I wonder who would have standing to take this to (ultimately) the Supreme Court? Hopefully, that institution isn't yet so corrupt that it would ignore such a blatant violation of the Constitution. Obama won't get much use out of the issue if it's him versus the Supreme Court.

79 posted on 01/04/2012 11:51:28 AM PST by Johnny B.
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To: tcrlaf

An alternate strategy would be for Republican senators to block all senate business.

The lizard can be made to look like Hugo. This is a good fight.


80 posted on 01/04/2012 11:51:44 AM PST by y6162
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To: iceskater

“If any of them had a spine.....”

I tire of the great misinformed or uninformed posting this type of misleading information concerning the republican leadership. The real reason they don’t do anything is because it is also what THEY, the republican leadership want, they are in bed with the New World Order socialist movement......\

So, remember they do not cave, they do not give in, they work hand in hand to move forward THEIR cocialist agenda...


81 posted on 01/04/2012 11:51:44 AM PST by stockpirate (Romney and Ann Coulture are Big Government socialists, just like other republican elites.)
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To: Justaham

No Authority!
No Standing!

Ignore him!

VERY LOUDLY!!!!


82 posted on 01/04/2012 11:52:00 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Justaham

They are ALL as without balls as Alice. I’m tempted to send an email to Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, but I’m sure they’re busy looking in the mirror, like all the rest of the arrogant jerks. None of them even care if everyone knows they’re worthless. Like winos in the street.


83 posted on 01/04/2012 11:52:19 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Justaham

They are ALL as without balls as Alice. I’m tempted to send an email to Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, but I’m sure they’re busy looking in the mirror, like all the rest of the arrogant jerks. None of them even care if everyone knows they’re worthless. Like winos in the street.


84 posted on 01/04/2012 11:53:02 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: cuban leaf
...or more like Sept, 476 AD (Fall of the Roman Empire)

Here we are forced with a 2 party choice, Socialist Bully (Dem) or Socialist Submissive ( "Republican") to finish off the Republic

At least Rome plundered, we just dump quadzillions for chaos around the globe while we enslave the 40% working citizens with debt to pay for the political folly and the 60% welfare class population

85 posted on 01/04/2012 11:54:13 AM PST by KTM rider ( with citizenship you get indentured servitude)
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To: Justaham

Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There’s nothing that the government can do to me if I’ve broken no laws. My wealth was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room.

We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner. The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen. “Sorry about that,” said the President. “Andrew is very hungry.” “I don’t appreciate...” I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. “Of course,” I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp. “And his brother Eric is very thirsty.” said the President.

The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don’t want to seem unkind. My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite. “Eric’s children are also quite hungry.” With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room. “And their grandmother can’t stand for long.” I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game.

I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President.”Their grandfather doesn’t like the cold.” I wanted to shout- that was my coat! But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in.

The President hadn’t moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him. “Andrew’s whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven’t planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do.” My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor.

The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.”By the way,” He added, “I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your factories. I’m firing you as head of your business. I’ll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There’s a whole bunch of Erics and Andrews out there and they can’t come to you for jobs groveling like beggars.” I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his creme brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss.

I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us. What had I done wrong? As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands he said: “You should have stopped me at the dinner roll”.


86 posted on 01/04/2012 11:54:38 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: y6162
"The Kenyan lizard cannot spend money not allocated by congress."

Much of the funding for this agency comes from the Fed Reserve and is not subject to appropriations - one more step to not needing Congress for the would be dictator.

87 posted on 01/04/2012 11:55:12 AM PST by Truth29
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To: dragonblustar

Neither, they will just ignore it.


88 posted on 01/04/2012 11:55:44 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Justaham

So, when he loses the law suit for receiving wages for an unauthorized position, will he bankrupt before refunding the ill gotten funds?


89 posted on 01/04/2012 11:57:04 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Texas Fossil

He has gotten away with all of his Czars, their funding and staff. GOP seems to protest only in the media.


90 posted on 01/04/2012 11:57:54 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Justaham

Bammy Boy the renegade Kenyan. He’s as unAmerican as his hippie mother and his African father.


91 posted on 01/04/2012 11:59:23 AM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: mojitojoe

Good Lord, when did that happen?


92 posted on 01/04/2012 11:59:57 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
The agency officially opened its doors in July, but under law cannot carry out its full functions until a director is in place. It can enforce existing bank regulations, but cannot issue new rules affecting nonbank entities such as payday lenders and credit card companies.

Obama said this week he would veto any effort to delay, defund or dismantle the financial rules put in place last year.

http://www.thegrio.com/politics/gop-blocks-obama-nominee-to-head-financial-agency.php

Does the President have the authority to veto the power of Congress for funding?

93 posted on 01/04/2012 12:00:04 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: y6162

“Power of the purse. No money, no agency.”

The Republicans in the Senate should also refuse to allow ANY appointments to go forward until this illegal appointment (Note: no long a nomination) is withdrawn. The Republicans in the House should refuse to bring up any finance bills for the executive branch until this illegal appointment is withdrawn.


94 posted on 01/04/2012 12:00:07 PM PST by RedEyeJack
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To: mojitojoe

MEMO TO SELF: Don’t accept an invite to the White Hut!


95 posted on 01/04/2012 12:00:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: jersey117

Boehner, McConnell, Hatch and Kyl have denounced it.


96 posted on 01/04/2012 12:05:25 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: Justaham

On December 8, 2011, the Senate failed to secure cloture on Cordray’s nomination. The final vote was 53-45.

On January 4, 2012, a White House communications director announced in a tweet that Obama would be giving Cordray a recess appointment to the post, bypassing the Senate and installing Cordray. The move was criticized by Republican senators, who argued that Congress had not officially been in recess, and that Obama did not have the authority to bypass Congressional approval.


97 posted on 01/04/2012 12:06:56 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: mojitojoe

Should have stopped me at the dinner roll.

I like it but it scares the crap out of me that we have not stopped the constitutional trampling by the federal government to date. Where does it end...it is most definitely, as the character in your story learned, NOT a game!


98 posted on 01/04/2012 12:08:22 PM PST by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: Track9

Thanks, and just let me say, you have one cool homepage. I loved it!


99 posted on 01/04/2012 12:19:27 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Texas Fossil
Does the President have the authority to veto the power of Congress for funding?

Yes the President can veto a spending bill. Then the House and Senate can vote to override the veto.

100 posted on 01/04/2012 12:25:04 PM PST by Ratman83
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