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Does the head of FEMA need to have disaster management experience?

From earlier this month...

YouTube: YouTube - Bush Reserves The Right To Repeat Katrina Failures=

Washington Post Aritcle: Bush Balks at Criteria for FEMA Director -

It would seem that President Bush decided in a Signing Statement that the White House would not abide by rules set by congress that require the head of FEMA to have at least 5 years of disaster management experience. The White House contends that by setting benchmarks for appointees, the Legislative Branch is encroaching on the power of the Executive.

Now, Article II, Section 2 of the constitution gives the President the power of appointing offiicials, in consent with the Congress:

... he 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.
So it would seem that Congress has the power to change those positions, by using the legislative process.

It also raises the question, as Bob Schieffer pointed out, why is he fighting this so close to the election? Why not wait? Why bring up the Katrina Debacle all over again?
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Re: Does the head of FEMA need to have disaster management experience?

Could it be that he is , to put it politely somewhat in PC terms, intellectually challenged?

This consititutes a pattern of the executive disregard of separation of powers under the Bush administration. Unwarranted surveillance of American citizens comes to mind, as well as the disregard of the Geneva convention. Complaints about judicial activism may be included as well. There are undoubtedly other examples I have not thought out.

Actions in the "war on terror" can at least be regarded as well-meaning if over zealous. But to bring up the Katrina fiasco just before the midterm election sound like the idiots' guide to politics.
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