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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Republicans have kept up a steady drumbeat of obstruction to Barack Obama’s judicial nominees, and nowhere is the problem more glaring than the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a venerable institution that hears major cases challenging environmental and civil rights regulations.

Obstruction of nominees to this particular Appeals Court ramped up under George W. Bush, largely because of the historical trend of presidents using it as a springboard for their Supreme court nominees.

  • tomb215

    We’ve had enough of Obama’s picks. I’m hoping the Legislative branch of our system can just keep him in check until we can get him in an unemployment line.

  • concernedusa7

    IT IS HIGH TIME THE ENTRENCHED, NARROW MINDED, IGNORANT REPUBLICAN LEADER SHIP IS REMOVED FROM OFFICE, either by election or impeachment!

  • bubba2199

    WHY IN THE WORLD IS THE GOP SO AGAINST EVERYTHING THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS . EXAMPLE JOBS: CAN SOME ONE RESPOND IN TRUTH ON WHAT WATCH DID ALL OF THE MANUFACTURING JOBS MOVE OVESEAS? THE GOP OR THE BLIND WEAK DEMOS. WHO HAVE NO BACK BONE TO TRULLY HELP ALL AMERICANS ESPECIALLY THE MIDDLE CLASSAND MIDDLE CLASS .ALL OF YOUR SUPPORTERS. MEANING PARTIES ARE IN CONGRESS BOTH HOUSES TO LINE YOR POCKETS FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR SUPPORTERS. WHEN WILL AMERICANS :”W.A.K.E..U.P…”

  • rustacus21

    …obstructions don’t explain opposition. THIS President has tried to help, assist, uplift & promote policies that walk the line between his own philosophies & those of the opposition. The opposition, on the other hand, approached him w/only 1 single agenda: making him a 1-termer. That was on January 21, 2009. After less than 24 hours in office. This is hardly enuff time for any coherent, honest evaluation of a term of service – unless the “observer” already has a preconceived perception of the observed. I don’t want to claim racism, as Black legislators opposed Bush for what we can obviously see were arbitrary & destructive policies. But not just for Black people, but all Americans – White & non-White. I believe tomb215 is confused by all this & actually represents the vast population that suffers PTSD-affects & doesn’t quite know who caused it his current conditions to be so. Remembering that the deficit, the national debt, the 2 wars, the unemployment, the degraded environment, the dysfunctional govt., the omnipotent corp. dominance of administrative/national policy, our degrading infrastructure (both physical & intellectual), were all inherited – passed on by the absolute WORST American executive in the history or this republic – I along w/many, MANY Americans have no idea what U mean (tomb215) when U say U’ve “…had enuff…” of this President, since Conservative OBSTRUCTIONS mean that we’ve never even seen THIS Presidents potential, skills or abilities, being roadblock, blunted, stymied & YES – OBSTRUCTED!!! Question, tho: is that fair? To a nation, no less, still in extreme crisis? A nation, I might add, that’s based on law, order, justice & equality? Can Conservative answer this question honestly?

  • PamelaT

    THe GOP has obstructed every effort to stimulate this economy, repair the houseing mess that they created thanks to George W. Bush. When Obama came in as President the country was a Bankrupt Country. Bush and the GOP that controlled congress and left a mess that any president would be working overtime to clean up. 8 years of lack of regulations in the mortgage industry, the wall street coverups, I could go on as I work in this area so I know it well. I hope that the intellegent people recognize that they wake up every morning and go to work and I hope they see what the GOP has done to obstruct the progress of this country. The GOP/Tea Party primary demographics are elderly folks on entitlement programs….non-working americans. The working american are paying the cost for the GOP obstruction not the non-working senior citizens they still get their checks every month. Oonce been a Republican (I am no longer) I see the great efforts by Obama (even with his faults) to fix the past that the GOP created with no help and often times he stands alone.

  • rustacus21

    … PamelaT!!! & keep faith! There are more Americans out there like us!!! The important issues this election are citizens regaining control over OUR Democracy & fulfilling it’s promise to represent ALL Americans equally. Understanding the administration (I still haven’t been able to say the words, identifying the 2001-2009 administration by “name”, since the SCT imposed them on us & not winning by popular vote) prior, was virtually an 8 year crime spree, the only result of theft of an institutions resources is bankruptcy. This is the condition the nation remains. Conservatives know the potential success President Obama “would have had” conducting an unobstructed administration, so did & continue doing all they can to prevent this. By focusing on irrelevancies such as contraceptives, abortion, judicial “ideology” (as opposed to “COMPETENCE” – see the majority’s “reasoning” in “Citizens United”, as an example of “incompetence”), or gay marriage – the mortgage mess, wall st. meltdown, theft of IRA/401K institutional account savings, unemployment, but most importantly, dysfunctional govt., all go unaddressed – PURPOSELY, in order to shield the criminals responsible from prosecution & JAIL!!! This is what is at stake this election & only Liberal/Progressive voters unifying as a SINGLE VOICE need to speak TOGETHER this November…

  • freethinker

    Gee, I sure hope those were not the same posts that Bush couldn’t fill because of GOP obstructionism. Oh, wait. PamelaT, you were never a Republican or a conservative or anyone who ever really learned the facts. Now would be a good time to start. First lesson, find out the real demographics of the Tea Party. Second, find out which branch of Congress is logjamming legislation, including the President’s new budget, and then learn which party is in control of that branch. Third, bone up on Keynesian economics to find out why the President’s efforts won’t work and haven’t worked. His taking credit for anything positive in the economy is just like his taking credit for increased oil production. He didn’t have anything to do with it and things are happening in spite of him.

  • rustacus21

    …when U can fight a MAN!!! PamelaT, like many American woman (4give me if I misrepresent U Pamela), deferred to the aggressively opionionated males in their lives, ending up accepting conservative “hysteria” as gospel. As a result, many, MANY erroneous votes went to Bush, due to intimidation of those w/out the time or inclination to “fight” for their right to think “FREELY”! Keynesian economics worked for FDR. For Eisenhower. For Kennedy. For Carter. For Clinton. These were all times of economic stability & expansion. The “free market” “theories”? They don’t work at all, considering the terms of Reagan & both Bush’s represented decline, recession & in the later, crushing DEPRESSION!!! We all could use more education, Mr. “freethinker”, so please, don’t lecture those who’re unknowledgable, simply b/c they’re in the process of “learning”!!! Allow those who have chosen to be “enlightened” to continue the process. U could learn something in that U’r self…

  • Sleipnir

    I aree with most of what PamelaT says except for saying the Tea Party is made up of mostly elderly non working citizens. Miost of the ones I have seen are in their 40’s and 50’s although I’m sure there are some older ones too. A lot of seniors are working in low paying jobs (if they can even find a job) to supplement their social security since they lost most of their retirement savings during the Bush era. They are also scared that if the teapublicans have their way they will either slash or eliminate social security and medicare. The Bush presidency almost destroyed this country and the middle class and the teapublicans are doing everything in their power to finish the job. Finally we have a President that is slowly but surely turning the economy and unemployment around in spite of the teapublicans obstruction. Do I wish he had done more, yes, but I’m smart enough to know that as long as the teapublicans continue to look out for the wealthy and pander to the conservative base instead of what’s best for the nation it’s an uphill battle.

  • Fearfull Ralph

    I must say that if you are correct that the majority of TEA Party members are in their 40s and 50s then I must say from my own observation that means that the majority of those 40 and 50 year old members seem to have white hair(if they have any hair at all) or white beards and the majority of the ones I have met are prematurely on Social Security. Of course, after surviving 12 years of Bushisms I guess it is no surprise that many citizens are prematurely gray.

  • rustacus21

    … 1st & 4most, is unbiased! Whatever/wherever this conversation goes, “tea baggers” have no… “authority” on the issue. They essentially threw a monkey wrench into the recovery by returning conservatives BACK to the scene of the crime! Hating on the Prez b/c he’s Black (if even by 1/2) confirms their own in-bred bias. In every pic U will see of gatherings of theirs, no people of color. There’s no way to know if it’s a political rally or a kkk lynch mob. But what Mr. Taylor is “attempting” to hi-lite is the fact that the conservative administrations from Nixon 4ward, have represented “backward” momentum against the nation delivering Constitutional guarantees to ALL Americans – class, race, gender aside. An example of this intentional division of “us v. them” is the last administration heaping benefits on the rich & corp’s, while locking common citizens outside the “kingdom”. The kingdom being the “free” society our Democracy is suppose to represent. Those who voted conservative? U voted to impoverish YOURSELF, in order to lock out “them” other Americans. Look next to U, while U stand “outside” the kingdom. U don’t see kings or queens or princes & princesses. But U do see alot of “them” Americans don’t U? The 1’s like U that are loosing jobs & homes & having grown kids w/their families moving “back” home, & just got word that U’r 401/IRA was ransacked by crooked account managers who stole the account & most hurtful, the “tea baggers” sent 2 Washington are now as inept & ineffective as those U tried to replace, b/c of the money that corrupt conservative politicians & judges & JUSTICES allowed to overwhelm the political system, so that now, IT & not the Constitution, are the law of the land. This will have to make sense to U at some point! This will have to bcome more clear – at SOME POINT!!! November will B here in the blink of an eye & if U remain confused, U will again, punish the nation b/c of ignorance… YOURS…

  • EATHERICH

    if you havn’t figured it out yet, the right wing power elete are anti-human, anti-poor and anti any color but greenback. wethepeople are just the wallet, and the cannon fodder.