We all remember President Obama's campaign promise of "transparency" in government. Just a day after he was inaugurated as our 44th President of the United States, he promised us a new era of "openness in the government."
In one of his first memos to the federal agencies he was now directing, he wrote, "We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
Huh! I wonder what happened to all that transparency. As a matter of fact, many on both sides of the aisle believe that this President has been far from transparent. Perhaps, even one of the most nontransparent Presidents this nation has ever seen.
Nothing could be more indicative to this argument than his latest abuse of power. Last week, President Obama circumvented our system of "checks and balances" by making four critical recess appointments while the senate was away.
In this move, the President appointed three officials to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and awarded Richard Cordray the post of director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). All four of the appointments have the potential to be disastrous to the country.
"The move is a breathtaking violation of the separation of powers," according to former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, among others.
What was President Obama's rationale? Simple, "We can't wait!" What the President couldn't wait for was for the system of "checks and balances" setup by the Constitution to take is due course.
To many experts, this is a clear violation of the legislative process and an abuse of the Constitution's mandated process. Isn't this what or forefathers feared? Isn't this what they worked hard to guard us against?
What I find the most ironic about the President's moves is the fact that he taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004. It makes me wonder what he taught his students. Perhaps: when the Constitution gets in your way, ignore it.
So, what do these recess appointments mean? For starters, the CFPB will now have absolute power to issue more and more regulations and red tape upon our business sector. That's what we need! To strangle American business even more. I guess that "laser beam" on jobs was not to create jobs, but to obliterate them.
Through the NLRB appointment, the President will have more power to advance his agenda to give unions more power. Again, this will ultimately cripple the job growth we were promised. It seems that everything the President's hands touch turns to unemployment.
Now, before you get all up in arms about the latest unemployment numbers, let's take into account the real unemployment among this nation and the temporary jobs created through the Christmas season. The next quarter will reveal the truth.
When will this continual abuse of power stop? At least the President is not longer teaching future lawyers and lawmakers about the content found in our Constitution.
Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).