Recess


We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.

The Dhammapada

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It’s good to see the President finally put people in important positions that have been lacking any real leaders because the Republicans have been holding them captive by their obstructionist methods.  I find humor in the one reaction to the maneuver I have so far read from the Republicans.   John McCain made the following two statements:

“Once again the administration showed that it had little respect for the time honored constitutional roles and procedures of Congress.”

“This is clear payback by the administration to organized labor.”

First things first, Mr. McCain.  This isn’t him showing  “little respect” for congress.  It is him showing little respect for congresses inability to act and get nominees through, something which the president needs to do in order to get actual administrative work done in many important places.  Like the NLRB, and the Treasury, and the EOEC.  This is not some kind of “payback” in any way.

This is getting work done, working around an obstructionist congress, using the constitution as his guide.   Yes, the power of putting people in jobs using recess appointments is in the constitution.  One honestly wonders about Mr. McCain and his knowledge of the constitution, if he hasn’t read down to article 2 section 2 of the document and read up on it before making statements of that nature.  It seems Ill advised to look like an uneducated buffoon in the middle of a tough fight for a senate seat.

And some of the people that were placed could not get through the senate’s nomination process because he only had 57 votes.  Yes, the Republicans made this vote a cloture vote to get it through, and because 2 democrats didn’t (for example) vote for Craig Becker to be named to the National Labor relation board, they could not get him on to that board the normal legislative way.

A quick note to the president.  Bill Clinton used Recess appointments 140 times.  Dubya used it 170 times.  Ronald Reagan used it a whopping 243 times.  Don’t feel bashful mister President, If you want people to work under your leadership, and you can’t get them past the congress, hammer away with more recess appointments.  Maybe that threat of placing every appointment, or almost every appointment, rather than letting it be done legislatively, will bring them around and get them in a negotiating mood.

And if not? you have your people where you want them when you want them there.  It’s in the constitution, Mr. President.  You’re allowed to do it, so do it.

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If beings knew, as I know, the results of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their gifts without sharing them with others, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. Even if it were their last and final bit of food, they would not enjoy its use without sharing it, if there were anyone to receive it.

Itivuttaka

I thought “little buddha” was a pretty cool little movie when it came out. Enjoyed it a fair bit as I recall.  And seeing how the last two days have been chock filled with references in one way or another with buddhism, I figured it is OK to give it a second look.

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I’m going to do my taxes either today or tomorrow.  I am kind of annoyed that I haven’t gotten them done yet.  I would like to have them done and done soon, and not just because April 15th is fast approaching.  It is because I want to use this years tax returns in my upcoming Bankruptcy filing, seeing how I made less this last year, for obvious reasons than I did in FY 2007.  I need the last 2 tax returns done to do this, and I would prefer that I have the most recent info on as possible. 

The bankruptcy should be smooth, but this waiting on my taxes is slowing things down, and the process isn’t going to be fast anyway. I’d really like to get the ball rolling. Getting started this weekend.

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Hard to hold down, nimble, alighting wherever it likes: the mind. Its taming is good. The mind well-tamed brings ease.

The Dhammapada

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