Barack Obama violates the Constitution! So rules the U.S. Court of Appeals concerning the recess appointments Obama made last January of three new members to the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB appointments violated the U.S. Constitution because the U.S. Senate was not in recess when the appointments were made. While Congress was on a holiday break, the lights were kept on as the House and Senate were officially still in ′pro forma′ sessions. During such, a member of either wing of Congress would still appear daily in their chamber and go through the motions of gavel in, then out, for the day. The White House argues that these sessions, usually lasting only a few minutes, were done deliberately to prevent Obama from making any appointments.
Such is the state of Washington politics. Barack Hussein Obama is bent on having an imperial presidency. During his first two years, he had the cover of large majorities in both the House and Senate. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were able to pretty much do whatever they wanted as Obama was more interested in playing golf and making pointless speeches. The guy loves to hear himself talk! But America became upset with his overreach due to ObamaCare and gave the GOP control of the House in November of 2010.
This was a major setback for Obama, as now he actually had to do some work if he wanted to get any legislation passed. But being Obama and not liking to work, he instead began looking towards other means of doing what he wanted. Thanks to the George Soros funded Center for American Progress, they provided Obama with a blueprint for getting around Congress. Even with that plan, Obama, so incompetent to carry it out, still did very little other than try to dump as much blame on Republicans as he could.
So when January 4, 2012 rolled along, Obama decided to make his three recess appointments to the NLRB, even though he knew darn well that Congress was not in recess. Obama had to do something with an election coming up and the need to make part of his base, labor unions, happy. One could say that the gamble worked. Obama got reelected, even though now, the some 216 decisions made by the NLRB since the recess appointments are subject to being disqualified and overturned.
That Barack Obama violates the Constitution is nothing new. Even before the recess appointments to the NLRB, we have the fact that ObamaCare is likely also to be found unconstitutional. While the Supreme Court did rule that the mandate penalties are taxes, other parts of the Affordable Care Act are still questionable and facing a decision by the courts. The latest being a recently discovered provision allowing insurance companies to charge as much as an extra $5,000 per year to those who smoke tobacco products, treating them substantially different than others who engage in other unhealthy lifestyles. The Obama White House is also now pushing to rewrite the Second Amendment as much as possible through executive actions. So this decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals over the recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board is just one of many attempts by Obama to skirt the Constitution.