On March 30th, 2011, Senator Chuck Shumer (D-NY) and 15 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate proposed S679, The prseidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act. My how nice that sounds there, until we look into just what kind of streamlining they are talking about here. In a nutshell they want to give the President the sole power to appoint people to very powerful positions within our government without the approval of the Senate, which just happens to be mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article II, Section 2, which explains that the the “Appointments Clause” provides that the President:… shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. (emphasis mine)
It is this history of government deceit and wrongdoing that renders Sunstein’s desire to use covert propaganda to “undermine” anti-government speech so repugnant. The reason conspiracy theories resonate so much is precisely that people have learned — rationally — to distrust government actions and statements. Sunstein’s proposed covert propaganda scheme is a perfect illustration of why that is. In other words, people don’t trust the Government and “conspiracy theories” are so pervasive precisely because government is typically filled with people like Cass Sunstein, who think that systematic deceit and government-sponsored manipulation are justified by their own Goodness and Superior Wisdom. (emphasis mine)
The following lawmakers have appended their names to the bill as co-sponsors:Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. John Reed (D-R.I.), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved by Voice Vote a bill to “streamline the nominations process,” according to a press release. (emphasis mine)
The bipartisan Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011, S. 679 – sponsored by Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and co-sponsored by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me. – would eliminate Senate confirmation for about 200 presidential nominees and set in motion a process to streamline and consolidate the many forms nominees are required to fill out. The Rules Committee is working on a companion resolution to exclude a number of board and commission appointments from the Senate nomination process.
So there you have it folks, a group of U.S. Senators is trying to nullify the checks and balances installed into the U.S. Constitution to protect America from any one branch of government becoming to powerful, which leads to the robbing of freedoms from the American people. This is a prime example of why we need to gut the United States Senate as much as possible in 2012 and beyond. Fire every single one of these anti-American, Constitution-destroying tyrants and restore our government to being Of the People, For the People, and By the People. This is the danger of electing and reelecting progressive idelogues into our government. Pay attention people, as S. B. 679 opens the floodgates for more radical Socialists to be installed into our government without any accountability. Remember these Senators come 2012