Tuesday, January 10, 2006

2 days into class, and already I'm procrastinating...

But this is important. So it justifies the procrastination.

Ok, back near the end of 2005, Bush was trying to push through the appointment of Ellen Sauerbrey to Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. The Congress, though, finally grew some balls/eggs and opposed this appointment, because, well, Sauerbrey is not at all qualified for this position. She has no experience in almost any of the areas that this new job would call for.

Plus, she fucking opposed CEDAW. (CEDAW = a UN convention: the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.) Seriously. Who does that? Who is against the elimination of discrimination? Especially when the discrimination is directed at you. She also wanted to undermine the Beijing Platform for Action, which would safeguard women's rights, and was signed by 189 countries.

Anyway, since BushCo couldn't bully the Congress into agreeing with them on this one, they just waited until Congress was in recess for the holidays and appointed her without Congressional oversight.

Separation of powers? What's that?

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