- The Washington Times - Monday, January 23, 2012

As The Washington Times correctly observed in its Jan. 20 editorial “Obama’s appointment with tyranny,” the Department of Justice has no constitutional authority to decide on behalf of the House and Senate that Congress has adjourned and is in recess. Nor does it possess the authority to grant the discretionary power to the president to make that decision.

Clearly, then, the cynical and insidious presidential decree that Richard Cordray is now the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is wholly unconstitutional. It must be rejected by all if the restraints and limitations enshrined in the Constitution are not to be vitiated and left without meaning or purpose.

DAVID OTERSEN

Springfield