Bush makes 20 recess appointments
Congress cannot review them until a year into the President's second term, those 20 individuals the President appointed to fill various vacancies in various federal agencies, boards, departments, and commissions.
Named are people to fill open spots at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Commerce, the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Amtrak reform board, the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the United States Sentencing Commission, the Department of Energy, the United States Agency for International Development in the bureau for Asia and the Near East, the advisory board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp, the Inter-American Foundation. He also appointed ambassadors to the Bahamas, Estonia, and Qatar.
I thought about lobbying for the job in the Bahamas last winter, but I did not think I would be taken seriously.
Didn't Al Gore "reinvent government" during Bill Clinton's tenure and eliminate some of the above listed entities? Evidently not. (Of what use was he?)
Seriously, I've Googled several of the above, and I cannot see their functions contained anywhere but in the funky emanations of the obscure penumbra of our Constitution. Meaning, it's not there.
I'd like to vote for a President who would eliminate most of them, starting with H.U.D.
Here's some thoughts on how to eliminate some of those positions:
the Amtrak reform board--Privatize Amtrak. Simple.
IRS oversight board: shouldn't congress be doing that?