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Thursday, January 05, 2006

It's Official We Are Now Living In a Dictatorship

Bush went around congress and appointed not 1 recess appointment but 17 recess appointments. Count them folks 17 fucking recess appointments, all of them coming with some form of cronyism or controversy.

Dorrance Smith - assistant secretary of defense for public affairs

In November, Smith penned an article for The Wall Street Journal blasting all major US television networks and the government of Qatar for cooperating with Al-Jazeera in showing gruesome battlefield footage obtained by the Arab television channel in Iraq.

He decried what he called "the ongoing relationship between terrorists, Al-Jazeera and the networks" and asked if the US government should maintain normal relations with Qatar as long as its government continued to subsidize Al-Jazeera.

Ellen Sauerbrey - assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration

A former unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, Sauerbrey has infuriated most women's groups by her staunch opposition to abortion rights in her current job as ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

And then you have...

fucking Julie Myers - assistant secretary of homeland security in charge of immigration and customs

The 36-year-old lawyer from Kansas lacks significant management experience, her critics said, but has the distinction of being a niece of the former chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Richard Myers, who retired from the Pentagon last year.

Even The National Review, a leading conservative mouthpiece that rarely disagrees with Bush, editorialized last September that Myers' appointment "smacks of cronyism."

Bush can't get wiretaps approved so he ignores the FISA court and breaks the law. He knows most of these appointments would not have made it through Senate hearings so he waits for Congress to be out of session and just goes around them. What the fuck has happened to checks and balances in this country? God damn it!!! This really pisses me off! And where are the fucking Democrats? I hardly see any of them playing hard ball on this shit. Democracy is being stripped right off our backs and not one of our elected officials are willing to cry foul!!!!

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Posted by: Joe Snitty | Jan 5, 2006 6:47:16 AM


What else can be said. This guy is just an idiot who cares little about America and alot about paying back the people who got him where he is.

Posted by: LiberPaul | Jan 5, 2006 7:05:21 AM

Well we all know that the recess provision is for the president to be able to appoint someone in case of an emergency and Congress is obviously not in session. But 17 appointments, thats just a complete FUCK YOU to the American people. It's bullshit. I mean consider the track record.

During his two terms in office, President Ronald W. Reagan made 240 recess appointments, of which 116 were to full-time positions. President George H. W. Bush made 77 recess appointments during his term of office; 18 were to full-time positions. President William J. Clinton made 140 recess appointments during his eight years in office, 95 to full-time positions. During his first term in office, President George W. Bush made 110 recess appointments, of which 66 were to full-time positions.

Is he trying to make his vacation record? WTF!!! 110 in just his first term!

Posted by: The Bastard | Jan 5, 2006 7:16:00 AM

Sorry here's the link to the above quoted stuff just in case anyone else needs a refresher on recess appointments.

Posted by: The Bastard | Jan 5, 2006 7:18:54 AM

Clinton- 56 recess appointments. many of them controversial. C-span

Oh, so we were a dictatorship under Clinton...sorry to break the news.

HA ha

Posted by: Opinionnation | Jan 5, 2006 1:31:40 PM

It's more than just the recess appointments that make this president look like he is assuming "dictatorial powers." It is a sum total of how he acts and legislates. His whole attitude is "I can do whatever I want."

Seems like momma and papa BUsh did a very poor job at child-rearing.

Posted by: ken grandlund | Jan 5, 2006 2:49:21 PM

hello again Bastard. I see you are just as pissed off as I am. Can you believe it? the complete audacity of this "president". It just keeps getting worse. The gall we have not seen since Nixon. He feels that he is above the law and is now taking the lead, to, as usual, hit and miss on the defensive. He is now "in our face" with with his uber right-wing agenda. He is just waiting for the scare of the bird pandemic to declare martial law. Next it will be MANDATORY to receive the vaccine. Whw the hell now trusts the government? What a sad joke. It's time to impeach the lying, perverted son-of-a bitch. I bet he was nicer when he was doing the coke, drinking, whoring, and being a son an ultra rich.

Posted by: lickspittle | Jan 5, 2006 6:13:20 PM

You're absolutely correct and I'm just as upset about his crony appointments as you are; however, I’m not at all surprised. Bush, Inc. has to do it this way because he knows his cronies can't stand on their own merits and credentials. They are all poor choices and it takes recess appointments to get them a desk on the taxpayer buck. In the end, Bush is shooting himself in the foot. If and when his cronies mess up (and they will, eventually) the blame eventually lands right-smack on Bush’s forehead. Look what happened with Katrina when Mike Brown failed miserably – fingers were rightfully pointed at Bush. Why? Because he hand-picked the failure – he hand-picked his own demise.

Bush better keep his fingers crossed that his latest crony picks won’t mess up like Brown did. Heck, the entire American population should keep their fingers crossed each and every day the current GOP leadership is in power... the leadership of premeditated failure.

Posted by: JPL | Jan 5, 2006 7:01:25 PM

Great blog. I couldn't agree more. Personally, I think he should only be referred to as Mad King George.

Posted by: Misc Karen | Jan 5, 2006 11:04:32 PM

Ummm Opinionnation,

Thanks for the link but I beat you to the punch in the comment above, comparitively speaking Clinton can't touch Bush on the amount of recess appointments. I don't agree with any of them but Ken is right, this coupled with his other actions tends to give the impression we are moving into a dictatorship!

Posted by: The Bastard | Jan 5, 2006 11:56:22 PM

Really, Under Clinton warrant-less wiretap were used. Clinton launched an illegal and immoral war in Bosnia and Kosovo. Lied under oath. Bombed Iraq. The Democrat controlled congress was corrupt. What is different now then under the Clinton administration?

Posted by: Opinionnation | Jan 7, 2006 11:37:59 PM

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