From my in-box:
"I refuse to take 'No' for an answer," President Obama fumed this week.
He may as well have added, "Even when the answer is in the U.S. Constitution."
This week, President Obama named three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) -- in clear, unprecedented defiance of Congress and the Constitution.
As you know, in the last two years the Obama Labor Board has repeatedly enacted one power grab after another on behalf of union bosses, to the detriment of the rights of individual employees -- especially those who wish to refrain from union activities.
Union bosses know their coercive agenda is overwhelmingly unpopular with the American people, which is why they've turned to unelected administrative agencies like the NLRB to push through much of what they cannot get through Congress.
With the presidential election less than a year away, Obama is desperate to ram through more sweetheart deals for Big Labor.
But this latest power grab is especially dangerous.
You see, Article II of the U.S. Constitution requires the President to obtain the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate for appointments to the most powerful positions in the executive branch.
This crucial component of our system of checks and balances helps Congress hold the President accountable.
The advice and consent clause allows the Senate to ensure that Presidential appointments to powerful executive positions are qualified and not beholden to special interests like Big Labor.
The out-of-control Obama Labor Board shows why these checks and balances are so vital.
The President may fill vacancies while Congress has recessed, but Obama's latest move even runs afoul of the rule cited by an Obama Administration lawyer at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 -- "the recess has to be longer than 3 days."
That's why National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys are exploring possible legal challenges to these unprecedented recess appointments.
With such a flagrant abuse of power by the Obama Administration, I'm grateful for the continued generosity of Right to Work supporters like you who enable us to fight back in the courts and in the media.
For decades Congress has abandoned much of its constitutional authority and handed it over to an ever-growing executive branch.
Now President Obama has defiantly bypassed Congress, the Constitution, and the American people.
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