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President Bush Tells Congress to F*** Off. Again.

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What Bush thinks of you.
Right up until the point when the worst president ever took office, none other in our history had used the power of recess appointment to install people that were categorically opposed by the Senate, people who had virtually no chance at all of being confirmed. Not only has Bush done it before, but he continues to disrespect the peoples Congress by appointing unfit people to extremely important positions within the government in acts of partisan childishness that we've come to expect apparently not just from highschool teenagers, but also the President of the United States.

President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox's nomination.

This isn't simply an instance of Democrats blocking his confirmation based on principle, as a number of Republicans in Congress and conservative bloggers have opposed Fox's nomination as well. Bush knows full well that he is unqualified for this position, and that when his recess appointment expires, he'll be taking a very long walk home where he belongs. And yet he still appoints the man as a blatant reward for political fundraising.

Bush also used his recess appointment authority to make Andrew Biggs deputy director of Social Security. The President's earlier nomination of Biggs, an outspoken advocate of partially privatizing the government's retirement program, was rejected by Senate Democrats in February.

I'm saying this twice because it needs repeating: no president other than Bush *ever* has used a recess appointment to appoint a person who has already been rejected by the Senate. It was unprecedented the first time he did it with John Bolton, and he uses it like he was born with it today.

Can this president embarass the nation, dishonor his office, our country, and himself anymore that he possibly has? Well, probably. He could always take up his favorite past time of getting drunk and doing illegal narcotics in the oval office.

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