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The purpose of the Cabinet is both to advise the President and to rein in any attempts by him to abuse his power. Reagan and George W. Bush each met with their Cabinets 36 times in their first year alone.
Obama has convened his Cabinet only twice in the past 8 months. He has met individually with his Secretaries of Defense (18), Treasury (15), and State (14), plus one meeting each with Agriculture and Veterans Affairs. But he has not sat down with the other ten at all.
Some of these omissions are particularly puzzling.
How could he not meet with Attorney General Eric H. Holder even once during all that time Congress had Holder on the hot seat, then voted to hold him in contempt? And where did he get the nerve to grant Holder “executive privilege” when they hadn’t even talked?
Gas prices are still killing us all, at the pumps and in higher prices for everything that gets shipped anywhere, which is pretty much everything. Yet Obama never once met with his Secretary of Energy.
He also never met with his Secretaries of Commerce or Labor, despite record-high unemployment and record-low economic growth.
And did someone call off that terrorist threat thing? Obama never met with his Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
He also never met with Kathleen Sebelius, his Secretary of Health and Human Services and the author of the HHS mandate that has led to dozens of lawsuits and a revolt among formerly loyal-to-Democrats Catholics.
It’s easy to see where his priorities lie.
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Even when he works, he doesn’t work!
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