Friday, September 19, 2008

Learn the Constitution

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In last night's Newswatch, Gabe wrote about McCain saying he wanted to fire the SEC Chair Chris Cox.

Now, if you'd taken out your Constitution on Wednesday for Constitution Day, and reviewed that "separation of powers" thing, you'd know that no U.S. President can fire the head of an agency. It doesn't work that way. The President makes the nomination, the Congress confirms, and only in the case of gross malfeasance can there be a removal process. "Firing" by the President is not an option. FDR learned this back in the 30's, when his desire to remove a Commission head went to the Supreme Court.

UPDATE - OOPS - another error on my part. I thought John said "SEC" (which would have been correct) but he actually said "FEC" which is not.