"The White House argues that the hiring and firing of presidential appointees is strictly the business of the executive branch." (by Matt Apuzzo. Associated Press. May 10, 2008.)
Well, it is strictly the business of the executive branch until the executive branch uses that power illegally – to thwart the mundane Constitutional process. If the executive branch has used its power for purposes of political spoils and in ways designed secretly to circumvent the democratic will of the people, then the executive branch has overstepped. It has turned into a political machine. It becomes worse than dubious or shady. It becomes obviously corrupted.
We have seen the negative effects of the political spoils system highlighted with the current administration. We have seen the Republicans under Karl Rove and his ilk seek to extend the corruption. We saw it hugely with Jack Abramoff with Tom DeLay. The corruption of greed spilled all through the system from local elections to international affairs.
Texas gerrymandering is a huge case in point we ought not to forget.
We need good government. We don't have it. That's what Jesus taught. Good government comes out of the hearts of the people. We don't have good government, because what is in the hearts of the people in the aggregate isn't good but rather selfish.