Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day257 Friday 05/13/11

ran 3.6 miles
You may not know this, but S.679, a bill introduced by the Senate in April, is on its way to abolishing Article II, Section 2, of our United States Constitution. This bill is called the “Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act”. To everyday people like you and me the name of that bill translates to “Obama’s Dictatorial and Counter-Constitution Act”

Article II, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution outlines that the “advice and consent” of our branches of government, the House and Senate, have the power to advise and approve or disapprove of the president’s decisions regarding who he appoints to certain Departments, Administrations, and Boards.

S.679 will give Obama exclusive power to confirm any individual he chooses to whatever position he wants to fill with no concern of what you, your Representatives, or you Senators have to say about it.

These are some of the 200 positions at risk:

• The Agriculture Department’s Commodities Credit Board
• Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service Administrator
• The Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
• The Commerce Department’s Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
• The Defense Department’s Assistant Secretary for Networks and Information Integration
• The Education Department’s Assistant Secretary for Management
• All 7 of the Assistant Secretaries of Energy
• The Department of Homeland Security’s Director of the Office of Domestic Preparedness
• Homeland Security’s Assistant Administrator of FEMA for Grant Programs
• The Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Management and CFO
• The Treasurer of the United States
• The Director of the U.S. Mint
• The Governors and Alternate Governors of the IMF and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
• The Governor and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank (amending Section 3(a) of the Asian Development Bank Act)
• The Governor and Alternate Governor of the African Development Fund (amending Section 203(a) of the African Development Fund Act)
• The Office of Management and Budget’s Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management
• The Director of the Community Development Financial Institution Fund

S.679 was proposed by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on March 30, 2011. The Washington Post applauded this act as “a better process” and referred to the 200 positions being exempted from Senate confirmation as “non-policymaking, non-senior positions”.

Article II, Section 2(a), of U.S. Constitution

“He shall have Power (the president), by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.”

1,329.9 miles to go.

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