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Published: Sunday, June 29 2014 8:16 a.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, June 29 2014 8:16 a.m. MDT

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Mountanman
Hayden, ID

The over ridding issue here is, will we the people tell the government what it can and can not do or will the government tell we the people what we can and can not do? In other words, will we have a government of the people, by the people or for the people or will we have a dictatorship?

E Sam
Provo, UT

Yes, but those appointees are on the NLRB today, so it's hard to see this case as terribly consequential. And we all can just savor the rich comedy of the line "for average Americans, the issue is whether government can continue functioning in a somewhat efficient manner. . ." I take my hat off. That's funny! Congress, today, functioning? Hilarious.

Really???
Kearns, UT

It's time we get a completely new congress that will actually work towards something other than stifling our president. Yes, the president overreached, but our congress has played a major role in the problem.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

From the piece " The idea was to block President Obama’s nominations to the NLRB, appointees that Senate Republicans found unacceptable."

This is highly obfuscatory. The NLRB is the executive agency charged with enforcing the nation's labor laws. The Republicans do not want our labor laws to be enforced, or at least the people who finance their campaigns do not want them enforced. The GOP lacks the votes to either abolish the NRB or to rewrite the labor laws, so what they do is filibuster everyone the president nominates to the board, thereby preventing it from functioning.

So the Republicans egregiously abuse the rules of the senate to achieve means that they are unable to achieve via our constitutional process, and no one can stop them. I thought Republicans were supported "the rule of law", I guess that only applies when they think President Obama is selectively enforcing the law.

If you are a working person, you no longer have any recourse when your employer acts against you illegally. Just remember, that's the way Republicans want it.

McMurphy
St George, Utah

So what about the NLRB rulings made with three illegally appointed members ? Thrown out ?
Reheard automatically ? Reheard if appealed ? Let stand ?

Ranch
Here, UT

The wording of the Constitution matters as long as it is in line with the DN's opinion.

Yet, again and again, we see the DN writing Editorials that the wording of the Constitution doesn't matter as it relates to the 14th Amendment and Equal Protection of US Citizens.

Once again, the DN is hypocritical.

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

Hi Really???,

"It's time we get a completely new congress that will actually work towards something other than stifling our president."

I suppose I missed where Congress is supposed to serve as a "yes man" to the President. If Congress won't approve the nominees that the President is recommending, then perhaps the President should try nominating someone that Congress will be willing to approve.

When the President decides to alienate a significant portion of Congress by excluding them from important negotiations, there is a political price to pay. It is up to the President to repair the relationships that he has damaged and make a good faith effort to reach across the aisle. And no, proposing partisan ideas and traveling the country to complain every time he is told "No" isn't likely to do the trick.

Several White House staff members have reported about the President's "my way or the highway" approach to politics. It's a rookie mistake to think that such a dictatorial approach will yield cooperation. Here's hoping that he decides to change before his term is over.

high school fan
Huntington, UT

The Constitution gives us rules that should be followed, not rules that act as guidelines. Unfortunately today we gave an executive branch that does not want to follow the rules.
It is not a bad thing that Congress does nothing, it is better for us all that they move slowly. Today we have a President that believes ho knows best and that it will be his way and only his way and no other way is acceptable.
Obama demonizes Congress and therefore others also protest, a case of the blind leading the blind.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

I see it as an extension of the World Cup:

Constitution 1
President 0

Goal!

Really???
Kearns, UT

@Hawkeye79

I looked back on my comments, on nowhere did I state that congress should serve as a "yes man" to the president. The problem I see is that too many feel like it's their obligation to say no to him no matter what. They aren't interested in being a part of the negotiations. The president has to accept some blame, but so does congress. Don't you see the problem we currently have when nobody is willing to cross party lines and listen to one another?

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Republicans and Conservatives gloated everytime GeorgeWBush violated the constitution because it supported their needs. BUT NOW they scream foul everytime President Obama breaks the rules.

Remember this little poem;

Bush lied and our troops have died.
Bush lied and his administration spied.
Bush lied and our liberties were denied.
Bush lied and freedoms were circumscribed.
Bush lied and our laws he did not abide.
Face it Bush does nothing without having first lied.

You all though he was so cute!

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Republicans found a way to stop Obama from making recess appointments. They're so busy celebrating, I wonder when they'll realize that they've given Democrats the same power to use over the next Republican President.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Remember this gem from just a year ago,"CBS’ Bob Schieffer asked Speaker of the House John Boehner very bluntly about the current gridlock in Congress, its failure to pass any important legislation and its record-low approval ratings among the American people.

Boehner responded by saying that, “We should not be judged by how many new laws we create, we ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.”

In other words, “Laws are bad and government is bad, so who needs either.”

My guess is that the President wants to be remembered as a President who got things done under the worst of circumstances even if some of his actions are reversed.

Remember Roosevelt had some of his major legislation overturned yet he persisted and became the author of modern America. The America that was a beacon on the hill.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party obstruction is creating unnecessary and unreasonable problems. Boehner jumps with no alternative plan. He must things up to a vote instead of trying to bring down government and the economy.

FT
salt lake city, UT

I'd rather have a futile president trying to solve our problems than a GOP congress willing to confront any of them.

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