Fresh off his successful uni-party nationalization of America’s health care delivery system and reveling in invincibility, Barack Obama made 15 recess appointments to key posts in his administration yesterday — bypassing the constitutional senate confirmation process. Among Obama’s appointees is Craig Becker, a controversial union lawyer, named to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). While a UCLA law professor, he authored a paper detailing how the NLRB could be used to enact a sweeping overhaul of labor laws that would benefit unions, bypassing congressional approval.
The nominees can serve through next year without Senate confirmation. As a Senator, Barack Obama opposed the recess appointment of John Bolton, saying, “It’s the wrong thing to do.”
Here’s his approach today: “The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees. But, if in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions. I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government,” Obama announced in this press release..
Two appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, Becker, counsel to the Service Employees Union International (SEUI) and New York labor lawyer, Mark Peace have such left-wing backgrounds that even mainstream Democrats should question their appointments.
Recently, all 41 Senate Republicans signed a letter to the White House urging Obama not to use the Spring recess to appoint Becker, a strong advocate for card check legislation. But as soon as Congress left town, Obama swung into unilateral action.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce denounced the appointment, saying putting Becker on the NLRB board meant “the business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of America’s job creators to compete.”
Brief résumés of each of the Obama appointees can be seen here.
And then, dastardly deeds concluded, Barack Hussein Obama slipped out, under cover of darkness, for a “surprise” visit to Afghanistan — where AP reports U.S. troops deaths have nearly doubled in the first three months of 2010, as compared to the same period last year.