Let’s assume good intentions, but mind you, this is a big leap. We have a problem with with a slow and cumbersome government, in particular with the process of filling appointments and getting them through the Senate’s “Advise and Consent” process. The solution is not to abandon the check and balances put in place by the framers in the Constitution in Article II, Section 2 under the “Appointments Clause”:
… 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. (emphasis added)
The solution is to make government smaller and reduce the amount of useless things that take up all of the Senate’s time. In the process, it’s quite likely we could reduce the number of officers needed in the first place! Senate Bill 679 would give the President the power to appoint whom he chooses for a whole lot more unelected fiefdoms … without the oversight of the Senate.
Noisy Room has written an excellent article about this horrible piece of legislation making its way through the Senate. The article is based on some information from the Heritage Foundation. Please read it. God help us.