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The Nation's Doctor

Paulus Textor Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 7:07 AM
Now, let's see. Where exactly in the Constitution is the clause that allows the President to appoint a head witch-doctor? Or head medical nanny? Searching...searching...searching. Well, tarnation! There ISN'T any such power. Therefore, the power does not exist, per the 10th Amendment.
ZealousConscript Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 9:34 AM
Article 2 Section 2: ...and 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 - See more at: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/constitution/#sthash.7f8B3yD3.dpuf

The surgeon general of the United States needn't be a surgeon. And he may be a general -- or admiral -- only in name. The rank is essentially a civil office -- despite the dress whites and gold braid. Indeed, it was largely an honorary title before Ronald Reagan chose a physician by the name of C. Everett Koop for the appointment.

Dr. Koop, who died this week at the grand old age of 96, was indeed a surgeon and a fine one (his specialty was pediatric surgery at Children's in Philadelphia) and he soon became a household name. And a...