Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blocking Judges? Really? What happened to "Country First?"

I had an interview with the US Department of Treasury for an attorney advisory position a while back.  During the interview, which apparently went pretty well based on the feedback I got afterwords, the interviewer took off his glasses, put his pen down, and said: "look, I'm just gonna level with've got the right credentials for the job but we can't bring you or anybody else in for this position because the supervisors for this position don't even exist yet.  We're still waiting on Congressional approval."  After that interview I kept a tab on Congressional approvals for federal government positions and, much to my dismay, I saw Republicans time and time again drag their feet on positions that they knew were uncontroversial and that should have been approved.  Yet, every time it looked like they were going to get around to approving the positions in the department I was applying for, invariably they would come up with another reason for delay.  That was about 2 years ago.  Needless to say I never got the job.  So to say that I'm just a little bit sick of this crap is the understatement of the decade.  I don't know which is worse, the fact that Republicans have obstructed these and many other Obama appointments in the federal government or that its so common that we're not even shocked to discover that it is still happening anymore.


From Huff Post:

The Senate has overseen the slowest pace of judicial staffing in at least a generation, with a paltry 39.8 percent of Obama's judges having been confirmed, according to numbers compiled by Senate Democrats. Of the 103 district and circuit court nominees, only 41 have been confirmed.
By this time in George W. Bush's presidency, the Senate had confirmed 76 percent of his nominees. President Clinton was working at a rate of 89 percent at this point in his tenure...
Ronald Reagan had twice as many judges confirmed by this time in his presidency, with his 87 confirmations dwarfing Obama's total. George H.W. Bush had moved 70 judges through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
With fewer judges on staff, those left must take on that many more cases. For example, each judge on a Denver panel two robes short is responsible for 593 instead of 430 cases. The slow pace of confirmations has led to a federal judiciary with nearly one in eight seats empty, as a foreclosure crisis fueled by rampant fraud floods the courts. 

C'mon, man.  At some point, you have to put your political party/ideology aside and realize that, yes, we actually do need a federal government that, at the very least, FUNCTIONS and this obstructionism for the sake of obstructionism is not helping us do that.  In light of our recent Federal Employee Pay Freeze post, I realize that there may not be a lot of tears shed for our inability to increase the numbers on the federal payroll, but let us not forget that not all of these positions are superfluous.  We kinda need judges in courtrooms, ladies and gentlemen. What possible patriotic duty are you serving by clogging the court docket?
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