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… Does Dingy Harry Have a Death Wish (Again ?!?!?) …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 10th,2013

.. Well , it is july , and the United States Senate has returned to session . There are judicial nominations that are pending before the body . Even more so , there are Executive Nominations pending before the body . And , Dingy Harry Reid is presented with a quandry ?

.. for the United States Senate to function , there must be collegiality . Comity and civility would also be helpful . An all – out pissing match power struggle in the body would not be a great idea . Yet , that is what could well happen , say , likely will happen if Dingy Harry sets off the so – called ” nuclear option . ”

.. I call it “so – called , ” because the rules of the body are very specific . It takes a 2/3rd majority of all senators (or , 67 senators) to change what are the Standing Rules of the Senate . Reid wants to “nuke” it , and effect a change in the rules with only 51 votes , or , if need be , 50+VPOTUS . If he does , it will make things right now look like a garden party , by comparison .

.. It will be next to impossible to get anything done , at all .

.. The proximate cause is nominations to federal positions. Republicans have approved more than 1,500 of Obama’s nominees , but are holding up a handful of the most controversial ones , and for good reason . There have been several radical and out-of-line ones , such as nominees to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The NLRB under Obama has become a radical tool in the firm grip of Big Labor. The CFPB is a new creature spawned in the ill-advised Dodd-Frank legislation. The nation is just fine without either one operating at full capacity.

.. The actual cause is that the Democrats want one-party rule by fiat . Obama has tested the waters on that front several times, both by issuing recess appointments when Congress was not even in recess, and most recently by declaring that ObamaCare’s employer mandate will not be enforced when the law he signed requires it, on January 1, 2014. That move was entirely political, to avoid the pain that enforcement would inflict during the 2014 mid-term elections. It was also flagrantly illegal, as the language of the law leaves no room for this maneuver. The Republican-controlled House is investigating, but of course the Democrat-controlled Senate doesn’t care. Congress in control of either party once defended its institutional powers, but under Reid, the Senate puts the Democratic Party’s prerogatives above all.

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