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President Obama is creating an oligarchy by assembling a team of excessively powerful "czars"
to oversee various aspects of his regime — I mean, administration. Of course, there's
nothing in the Constitution about calling someone a "czar" ... except the part that prohibits it! Article I
Section 9, which says "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States."
Fortunately "czar" is just a nickname used by the press rather than an official title... at least
for now. Many people in the press — even those who have never worked at a newspaper — tend
to write and speak in headline-ese, so they prefer short and catchy terms like "czar."
Related topic: President Obama's cabinet, staff and
other associates. More information about President Obama's other appointments and advisors.
President Obama's 'Czars': A
complete list. (As of 9/8/2009.)
Another list of Obama's Czars.
group calls for removal of 'transparency czar'. A conservative group has called on Ambassador Janice Jacobs,
the State Department's newly-appointed "transparency czar," to resign amid revelations that she donated the maximum amount
permitted by law to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. America Rising, a Republican political action committee,
highlighted the "conflict of interest" created by allowing a Clinton supporter to decide which of Clinton's emails will be
disclosed to the public and Congress — a reported part of Jacobs' new position.
'Cybersecurity Czar' Is MIA As Hackers Run Wild. In two weeks, we've learned that
offshore hackers managed to steal 100,000 tax filings and personnel data on millions of federal
workers. Who, exactly, is in charge of cybersecurity in this administration?
czar Klain to return to private sector in March. The White House's Ebola czar is expected to leave after
his 130-day assignment, with the deadly virus now appearing under control in the United States. [...] Klain was
appointed by President Obama in mid-October after the first Ebola death in the U.S. sparked widespread concerns
about such issues as medical protocol and an outbreak of the virus on American soil.
senator asks hearing witnesses what 'Ebola czar' has been doing — and gets answers
straight from a Dilbert cartoon. White House Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain may
have become an accidental folk hero to fans of crushing bureaucracy everywhere on Wednesday
[11/12/2014], when a U.S. senator asked high-ranking Obama administration officials to describe his
work. The vague answers sounded like something plucked out of a Dilbert cartoon. 'Even though
the President has named a so-called Ebola "czar" to coordinate our response,' Senate Appropriations
Committee ranking Republican Richard Shelby complained, 'all reports indicate that he has no actual
authority to direct government agencies here.'
know about Ron Klain's job as Ebola czar. Ron Klain steps up to his new role as Ebola
czar Wednesday morning [10/22/2014]. Here's a glimpse at what his role as the President's Ebola czar will and
won't entail, according to sources inside and outside the White House. Don't expect to see Klain
briefing the public on the contours of the Ebola response. That will be left to Tom Frieden, head of
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci and
relevant cabinet officials, as required.
Who needs an Ebola czar?
To combat the Ebola virus, President Obama has named a political operative, Ron Klain, as his Ebola
czar. Defenders of the appointment say Klain is an experienced political operative who can "coordinate"
the U.S. response to the virus. Why do we need a coordinator? What is the secretary of
Health and Human Services for? How about the surgeon general's office?
The Editor says...
We saw a similar reaction after 9-11-2001: Faced with a crisis that demanded a reaction, the
federal government just added a layer of bureaucracy (known as the Department of Homeland Security)
to an assortment of previously-existing agencies and then waited for the news media to find something
else to report.
is What You Get When You Reduce Everything to 'Activism'. Suppose you were the
President Obama, in the Oval Office, or more likely at the golf course, wondering how to save the
Obola administration before Ebola flushes it down the toilet. You would think: I need someone who
is a cool head in a bad situation. He would be someone that has a history of turning around failing
operations. He needs to be a man that inspires trust, and he needs to be the kind of person that
would be prepared to set everything aside to help his country. [...] Instead, of course, the
president has chosen Ron Klain to be the Ebola czar. Because for Obama the best man for the job is
always a political fixer.
Czar Day One: Mr. Klain's debut. Political point man or medical manager? That is the persistent question
for Ron Klain, who officially begins his tenure as the nation's "Ebola response coordinator" on Wednesday [10/22/2014].
6 Times Obama Declared
Crisis, Then Did Nothing. Last week, President Obama finally began taking Ebola
seriously — so seriously that he cancelled a campaign trip in order to hold an emergency
meeting on Ebola. He then appointed a new Ebola czar, Ron Klain, whose stellar qualifications for
handling a possible Ebola outbreak include flacking for Janet Reno, Al Gore, and Joe Biden. Finally,
Obama held another Ebola meeting after going golfing. Klain skipped the meeting. It was the second
such meeting Klain skipped. Don't worry. The Obama administration has top men on the job.
'czar' to skip House hearing, aide says. America's newly appointed Ebola 'czar' is not
yet in the House — at least not the ones on Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. Ron
Klain, appointed last Friday [10/17/2014] by President Obama to direct the nation's response to the Ebola crisis,
sent his regrets Monday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which had invited him to testify
this Friday, a committee aide told Fox News. Klain was invited to join Defense and Health and Human Services
department officials also slated to testify at the hearing.
House mocks criticism of Ebola czar. The White House dismissed Republican criticism of
the selection of longtime Democratic aide Ron Klain to head the federal Ebola response, suggesting
the GOP was "seeking to score political points" before Election Day.
Exactly Does a Government 'Czar' Do? [Scroll down] So, what differentiates a "czar" from any
other government officer? One difference is that he or she doesn't always have to be confirmed by
the Senate, allowing the White House to act quickly to put a leader in place in times of crisis.
Here is a brief history of some of the czars the U.S. government has employed during past crises, giving
a hint to what Klain may do, and how he may help or hurt the White House's Ebola response efforts.
Klain and Solyndra. Ron Klain is a sharp-elbowed Democratic political operative with
no medical expertise. Tapping him as "Ebola czar" may not be the president's best move when, as it
is, no one can believe a word the Obama administration says. And that's not just because Mr. Klain
is yet another lobbyist recruited despite Mr. Obama's vow that his administration would shun lobbyists.
Klain was also a central player in the president's Solyndra fraud, which soaked taxpayers for over half a
billion dollars for the benefit of Obama cronies.
Czar Ron Klain was Appointed to Cover Up New Cases of Deadly Virus, Not Protect Americans. Dr.
Nicole Lurie is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the federal Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS). Lurie has been mysteriously absent from discussions of the Ebola outbreak.
The media seems rather incurious about her even though she's served in her very high-ranking position for five
years. She is one of only eight direct reports to the HHS Secretary. But Lurie has a sordid
background: she was implicated in a major scandal three years ago, reportedly directing a $433 million
grant to a major Obama donor "and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients."
czar Ron Klain was a Fannie Mae and Cigna lobbyist. "They won't work in my White
House!" candidate Obama proclaimed about lobbyists. This was never true. Obama has hired
about 100 lobbyists, and now he's just promoted one of them: revolving-door K Street
Democratic operative Ron Klain is now Obama's Ebola czar. Klain served as chief of staff to
Janet Reno and then Al Gore in the 1990s, and as Joe Biden's chief of staff recently. In
between, of course, he was a corporate lobbyist.
New Ebola Czar Was Deeply Involved in Solyndra Scandal. Bridget Johnson reported
earlier that President Obama has appointed Ron Klain to become Ebola czar. Klain's career is not
in medicine, epidemiology, or any field related to disease control or prevention. Klain is a
laywer, a K Street lobbyist, and a career Democrat party operative. Klain is not a doctor.
He is a Democrat loyalist. Not only was he involved in Al Gore's 2000 election recount as Bridget
reported, Klain was involved in the Obama administration's Solyndra debacle.
about Solyndra can be found on this page.
The selection of political Ron Klain as 'Ebola czar' has been criticized on the grounds that he has
no medical or public health qualification. But relatively little attention has been focused on the
word 'czar' itself. The term 'czar' in the American sense, begins with FDR. It loosely described a
type of inter-agency coordinator with the authority "to go outside of formal channels and find creative solutions
for ad hoc problems, the ability to involve a lot of government players in big issue decision-making, and the
ability to get a huge bureaucracy moving in the right direction ... managing competing power centers."
The term also meant something else: an official operating outside the regular offices of government who hasn't
been confirmed by the Senate.
A czar is born:
Competence in question, Obama spins. After convening with top staff for two days to
devise America's Ebola strategy, and roughly 12 hours after allowing that naming an Ebola czar could
be a good idea, President Obama named a political crisis manager to the job. Perfect. Ron Klain's
mission of mercy starts with trying to rescue the Democrats from losing the U.S. Senate and more of
the House of Representatives thanks in part to Obama's demonstrated lack of command. Klain's utter
lack of medical expertise raises all too obvious questions about his ability to lead the government's response
to a public health threat that demands sophisticated, near-instantaneous judgments on everything from treatment
protocols to flight bans.
Obama will name Ron Klain
as Ebola Czar. President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar,"
knowledgeable sources tell CNN. The president on Thursday [10/16/2014] signaled his openness to the idea to
have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.
"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more
regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.
Klain named Ebola czar by Obama. Responding to urgent calls from Congress and a
fearful public, President Obama has tapped a former White House official to serve as his "Ebola
czar." Ron Klain, an attorney who worked for Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, is president
of Case Holdings, which handles business interests for former AOL CEO Steve Case, and general counsel at
Revolution LLC, a tech-focused venture capital firm in Washington, according to the White House.
We Don't Need Obama's Ebola Czar, We Need a President Who Will Lead. Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-TX) said on Friday that America doesn't need an Ebola czar, but in fact needs leadership from
President Barack Obama — and needs a president who will ban travel to and from
Ebola-stricken nations. "We don't need another so-called 'czar'; we need presidential
leadership," Cruz said in response to the president appointing Ron Klain — Vice President
Joe Biden's ex-chief of staff, who was at the center of the 2009 stimulus bill and the Solyndra
scandal — as Ebola czar. "This is a public health crisis, and the answer isn't another
White House political operative."
House defends Ebola czar's lack of medical experience. The White House hit back at
Republican suggestions Friday [10/17/2014] that President Obama should have appointed an Ebola czar with more
medical experience, calling Democratic insider Ron Klain the right person to navigate Washington's bureaucratic
maze. Though the White House admitted that the former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and
Al Gore is not an "Ebola expert," they said he was an "implementation expert."
Obamacare fix-it czar says website
repair on track. Jeffrey Zients, the management expert and former top White House budget aide tapped by President Obama to help fix the
federal Obamacare website, said Friday his repair team is still on track to have the online portal working smoothly for the "vast majority of users"
by the end of this month.
What Happened to All of
Obama's Technology Czars? Why does the White House need a private-sector "tech surge" to repair its wretched Obamacare website failures?
Weren't all of the president's myriad IT czars and their underlings supposed to ensure that taxpayers got the most effective, innovative, cutting-edge and
secure technology for their money? Now is the perfect time for an update on Obama's top government titans of information technology.
Cracking the Czars. [Obama's] scandals have not
yet had the impact they should, due largely to media manipulation, public inertia, and serious fumbling among Republicans and conservatives —
for instance, Darryl Issa allowing the odious Lois Lerner 5th Amendment protection she was not entitled to. The only solution is to
continue the pressure. Watergate required nearly eighteen months of simmering before it boiled over. The same is likely to be true here.
This leads us to the question as to why one of the most potentially fertile fields for administration scandal, the Obama czars, has been so far
The Worst President Ever. The very first example of the
changes that would mark his administration was the announcement of Obama's "czars", a shadowy group of advisors whose power to set and
influence government policy without any congressional oversight appears to have transcended that of his cabinet members, many of whom would
contribute to lengthening the recession he "inherited" as the result of the 2008 financial crisis while increasing the national debt and
deficit to heights never before seen in the history of the nation.
Terrorism Czar Must Go. After the bin Laden raid, the president's top counterterror adviser
was all over TV gloating about it. Yet 20 days after the Benghazi attack he's nowhere to be found.
Both the secretaries of state and defense now agree the Benghazi attack was terrorism, yet White House anti-terror
czar John Brennan remains silent. Why?
Obama Versus Obama. [Scroll
down] When people are nominated by a President to become Cabinet members, the Constitution requires that they be confirmed by
the Senate before they can take office, so that facts about them can become known before they are given the powers of their offices.
Although President Obama complied with this requirement when he appointed Cabinet members, he also made other appointments to powerful
positions created by Executive Orders — people aptly called "czars" for the vast, unchecked powers they wielded, in some cases
greater than the powers exercised by Cabinet members. These "czars" never had to be confirmed by the Senate, and so had no public
vetting before acquiring their powers. We had unknown and unaccountable rulers placed over us.
Trashing the Constitution.
Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17, so I compiled a non-exhaustive list of the ways Barack Obama has violated the Constitution. [...] [For
example,] Appointing agency "czars" without Senate approval. Article II, Section 2, gives the president the power to appoint
ambassadors, judges and top agency officials, but only with the "advice and consent of the Senate." Mr. Obama has appointed, without
Senate approval, more than two dozen czars in federal agencies.
challenges the constitutionality of Dodd-Frank. With the Supreme Court poised to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare,
a suit filed today challenges the constitutionality of the other signature legislation of President Obama's first term: Dodd-Frank. [...] The
lawsuit's major claim is that the formation and operation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) violates the constitution because its
director (or czar) is not accountable to Congress or the President, and the decisions of the agency are not even subject to judicial review.
The CFPB escapes meaningful congressional oversight because its budget — some $400 million — comes from the Federal
Financial Protection Bureau already sinking into scandal. It's great to have Uncle Sam looking out for the little guy,
isn't it? That's why it was such a super-duper, nifty idea for Washington to summon into being the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau. [...] So now that they are on the job, keeping citizens safe from big banking fat cats and ensuring financial responsibility
and ethics, how are they doing? Well... pretty much on par with what you'd expect out of any massive Washington bureaucracy.
Meet John Brennan, Obama's Assassination Czar.
A relatively unnoticed article by Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier two weeks ago outlined new Obama administration policy changes
which consolidated power for authorizing drone attacks and assassinations under political appointees within the White House. The
article identifies White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan as the official assuming the role of Obama's de facto
assassination czar, raising concerns even within the Obama administration that the White House is increasingly turning into "a
pseudo-military headquarters" under the direction of just a few senior Obama administration officials. Adding to these
concerns are serious questions about Brennan's qualifications for this role.
Obama Meets His Nemesis. [Scroll
down] Obama wanted millions of shovel-ready jobs; he sent his Ivy League-trained economists out to arrange it. He
wanted a health-care revolution, and he turned that over to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. And so on down the line — every
revolutionary program was assigned to some secretary or czar or union goon. The results have been what any normal individual
might have expected. As Americans, we have gotten next to nothing out of all this wasted effort and energy and cash.
General Edwin Meese has a few things to say about Obama Administration. "In what was purported to be the
most transparent and the most law abiding administration in history, as the president said when he was inaugurated, has
now sunk into the least transparent and the most disdainful of the Constitution as we've ever seen," Meese said during
a panel discussion Tuesday [2/14/2012] sponsored by the American Action Network. ... Meese also pointed to the 44 different
"czars" currently serving in the Obama White House in a wide variety of areas, and quipped that the Obama
administration has had more czars than Russia had.
Does America Need a Video
Game Czar? At a time of trillion-dollar budget deficits, why do we need a new "Video Game Czar" in the White
House? That Czar — or, Czarina, more precisely — is Constance Steinkuehler, a professor from
University of Wisconsin whose appointment as "Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology"
constitutes, in the admiring words of USA Today, "one of the most unconventional White House hires in recent memory."
Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.
Barack Obama apparently believes it is his "prerogative" to ignore the U.S. Constitution and the
rule of law when it comes to appointing czars. According to Politico: "President Barack Obama is
planning to ignore language in the 2011 spending package that would ban several top White House
advisory posts. Obama said this ban on "czars" would undermine "the President's ability to exercise
his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed." In other
words, Barack Obama believes he must ignore the U.S. Constitution to protect the U.S. Constitution.
Starts Constitutional Crisis, Installs New Radical Czars. Apparently, "respecting the U.S.
Constitution" didn't make it onto President Obama's 2012 New Year's resolution list, as evidenced by his
"recess" appointment of anti-business extremist Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau (CFPB). Just an few hours later, Obama made three additional appointments to the National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB), which has become little more than a Big Labor battering ram under this president.
Obama is terming his appointments "recess" appointments. They are nothing of the sort, because Congress
is not in recess.
Super-Czar Is on the Loose. Here is the operating motto of the Obama White House: "So
let it be written, so let it be done!" Like Yul Brynner's Pharaoh Ramses character in Cecil B.
DeMille's "The Ten Commandments," the demander in chief stands with arms akimbo issuing daily edicts
to his constitution-subverting minions with an imperious wave of his hand. His entourage of
insatiable usurpers never rests.
Obama gives "urban bulldozer" czar a greenlight on
50 U.S. cities. The London Telegraph reported earlier this month that, "Dozens of US cities may have
entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama
administration to tackle economic decline." Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General (now "Government")
Motors, may be the first town to pioneer the concept.
His Fruits Ye Shall Know Him: Obama's Subversive Appointments. When President Obama made his
initial cabinet appointments upon assuming the presidency, it looked as if the president had been, despite
his history and associations with Wright, Ayers, Davis, et al., a moderate, left-leaning Democrat.
His appointments were practically all ex-Clintonites. In a 2008 Human Events article, "Obama's Cabinet
So Far," Ross Kaminsky wrote that Obama's cabinet looked "like the third Clinton Administration." That
soon began to change with Executive Office appointments, Regulatory Agency appointments, and appointments
of czars and czarinas.
Cordray Appointment Mocks the Constitution. In 2008 candidate Sen. Barack Obama famously said:
"This is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he is going along. I disagree
with that. I taught the Constitution for 10 years. I believe in the Constitution and I will
obey the Constitution of the United States. We are not going to use signing statements as a way of doing
and end run around Congress." Now, we find that not only was he kidding about signing statements —
he recently used one to ignore about 20 provisions of the omnibus spending bill — but Obama also
believes he can decide for himself that the Senate is in recess when it is not, overturn at least a hundred
years of precedent, and bypass the Constitution's advice and consent requirement.
fight over recess appointments 'almost certain,' Chamber says. The recess appointments President
Obama announced Wednesday [1/4/2012] are "almost certain" to be challenged in court, according to a top official
with the nation's largest business lobby. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has not decided whether it will
file a legal challenge to the appointments, according to David Hirschmann, who heads the Chamber's Center for
Capital Markets Competitiveness. But he said he's confident that Obama's precedent-shattering move will
land the administration in court.
on Cordray: Not Another Obama Czar. Wrapping himself in the mantle of Theodore Roosevelt's "National
Greatness" agenda, President Obama urged the nation to stand strong and unite behind ... his umpteenth regulatory
czar. Nothing symbolizes American strength and vigor more than another unaccountable Washington bureaucrat.
Reject the trial-lawyer
czar. The legacy of President Obama's time in office has been an unprecedented expansion of the
federal government. A perfect example of this is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is
part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law. Even though this brand-new bureaucracy opened for business in July,
most Americans have never heard of it — and they won't so long as it remains leaderless. Senate
Republicans held strong against the possible nomination of Elizabeth Warren, Mr. Obama's presumed first choice
to run this $329 million drain on taxpayer resources.
Democratic Party Full Of Nuts As Well As Flakes.
For example, regulatory adviser Cass Sustein believes those promoting what the government categorizes broadly as
"conspiracy theories" should have their freedom of speech curtailed. ... Science adviser John Holdren believes
sterilants should be put into the public drinking water in order to decrease fertility rates. However,
Holdren is not the only Obama minion wanting to do away with what Ebenezer Scrooge dismissed as the "excess
population" before this famed miser's Yuletide change of heart. Obama Healthcare Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel
thinks that those below or above a certain age range should be denied medical treatment. Basically put a
bullet in granny's head. Obama's Secretary of Energy believes you should be permitted to color your roof
any color you want so long as it is white. And speaking of colors, Obama's FCC appointment Mark Lloyd
believes White folks should be denied FCC licenses. Obama's State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh
believes that Sharia law should be consulted as a source for American jurisprudence.
had only 30 czars — Obama has 45. President Obama was not the first to have "czars," nor have
all the positions that go by that informal name fallen within the lines of this report. But Obama's use
of policy advisors who "enjoy positions of power and authority in the administration and yet have not been
subjected to vetting and confirmation by the U.S. Senate" is unprecedented in several ways...
Czars. The American people, to the extent they understand what is going on, see the appointment
of czars as an effort by the President to circumvent Congress. Recently, the House, including Republicans
and thirteen Democrats, voiced its disapproval over the use of czars by passing a bill intended to eliminate
funding for czars, nine of which were specifically identified in the bill. While the Democratic-controlled
Senate is not likely to pass the bill — and it would certainly not survive the President's veto — the
message to the President is clear: stop the use of czars to undermine accountable government.
Obama Proposes New
Czar. As the Obama agenda proves increasingly impotent, Americans have witnessed Obama's czars
crash and burn or run for cover over the past thirty months. From Van Jones to Kevin Jennings to
Nancy-Ann DeParle to Todd Stern to Ron Bloom, Obama's style of management — bypassing the
senate-confirmed agency heads — has failed to yield the results promised to the American
people. You would think Obama would give up on the failed idea of using a curious collection of White
House czars to manage complex economic and regulatory issues. No way.
Another Cabinet Department to Abolish. As usual (as Paul Krugman will tell you) Obama isn't
going far enough. The nation is crying out for a Department of Departments to coordinate coordination
The Editor says...
That's what the Department of Homeland Security is: A wrapper around several other departments.
It adds nothing but an additional layer of bureaucracy.
could vote on amendment to defund policy 'czars'. The Senate could vote Wednesday on an amendment
offered by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that would defund the Obama administration's so-called policy "czars,"
including the president's energy and climate adviser. "These czars are provided with a considerable
amount of power and influence, putting them on the same level as cabinet members who are thoroughly vetted
and approved by the U.S. Senate, but without the public scrutiny," Vitter said in a statement Wednesday [6/22/2011].
House to cut access to half of federal websites. As part of the Obama administration's
campaign to promote transparency, the White House announced today it intends to eliminate the public's
access to half of the federal government's websites within the next year. The White House said there
are nearly 2,000 websites operated by the federal government, which it said confuses people. ... White House
officials didn't say how the administration will determine which web sites to cut. But the president is
creating an 11-member "government oversight and accountability board," comprised of current executive branch
officials, "to help federal agencies improve their performance."
The Editor says...
I'm not confused. Are you confused? If there are 100,000 names in the phone book,
is that confusing? No, the real motive here is concealment.
Impeach the Czars!
The House of Representatives has the power to impeach each and every one (or only some of the most objectionable)
of the czars, requiring the Senate to decide whether to retain these czars in office, or to remove them from
office. The political implications and embarrassment of impeachment of the czars would be extremely
negative for Obama, but would avoid a direct attack on, or an attempt at impeachment of President Obama
himself, a tactic that would be fraught with all the uncertainties of political pitched battle, including
the inevitable allegations of racism, as well as the governmental paralysis associated with Presidential
impeachment and trial by the Senate. In most if not all cases, the impeached officers would be
expected to preemptively resign, eliminating the problem while simultaneously emphasizing the embarrassment
to the President.
Warren skips out during House Oversight hearing. Elizabeth Warren, President Obama's controversial
choice to head the new consumer financial regulatory agency, skipped out of a House Oversight hearing before
answering questions from two members of the committee, claiming that she had reached an agreement allowing
her to leave at that time. But Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, chair of the subcommittee holding the
hearing, said no such agreement existed.
What is Elizabeth Warren's job?
useless gov't. This is major expansion of government — a separate branch of the
Federal Reserve with immense powers to regulate "all consumer products." The excuse for it is
bogus — a simplistic and false narrative on how the financial crisis began (nothing more than evil
bankers pushing risky loans on unsuspecting consumers). And even if you buy that, the agency probably
wouldn't have stopped the meltdown because it's hardly as "independent" as its fans pretend.
$20 billion mortgage shakedown. The White House is hoping to strong-arm banks into paying off
the mortgages of irresponsible homeowners at the expense of the rest of us. The idea is to tap
financial institutions to create an unregulated $20 billion slush fund to pay off the principal for
people who are upside-down and delinquent on their housing payments. Political appointees in the Obama
administration would get to choose the winners and losers in the house pay-off lottery.
Really Making Things Up? A House panel grilled Elizabeth Warren, the interim director of the
new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), this week. Republicans on the committee want to strip
the agency of its power before it even begins on July 21. The agency's purpose is to oversee rules
regulating loans, credit cards and mortgages for consumers. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the chairman
of the subcommittee, accused Warren, a Harvard professor currently on leave from the university, of lying to
Congress about her role in helping state officials negotiate a settlement with mortgage servicers that improperly
foreclosed on homeowners. He even got into a dispute with Warren over when she could leave the hearing.
signing statement: despite law, I can do what I want on czars. In marked contrast to
vows as a candidate not to use presidential signing statements as "an end run around Congress,"
President Obama released a statement on the just-signed spending bill saying despite the law's
restrictions on "czars," he will "construe" the law not to interfere with "presidential prerogatives."
The move is an aggressive power play by Obama to gain an added advantage from the deal struck a week
ago between the president, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid to narrowly avert government shutdown.
says Obama violates Constitution over 'czars'. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chief
sponsor of the effort to defund administration-appointed advisers known as "czars," reacted angrily
Saturday [4/16/2011] to a signing statement from Obama saying he plans to keep them. In a
statement emailed to The Hill, Scalise accused Obama of acting like a "dictator." "President
Obama should know that it is the courts, not the executive branch, that has the authority to determine
the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress, especially considering that he agreed to this provision
and signed the law himself," Scalise said in an emailed statement.
President Obama Issues "Signing Statement" Indicating He Won't Abide
by Provision in Budget Bill. In a statement issued Friday night [4/15/2011], President Obama
took issue with some provisions in the budget bill — and in one case simply says he will not
abide by it. Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in
intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and
spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP "riders," or policy provisions attached to the
bill. One rider — Section 2262 — de-funds certain White House adviser
positions — or "czars." The president in his signing statement declares that he will not
abide by it.
Obama ignores czar ban.
Candidate Obama bitterly criticized George Bush for his practice of issuing signing statements when inking
bills. The practice holds that a president has a right to interpret certain sections of laws that may
conflict with the intent of congress. It's a very gray area if only because congress often refuses to
be specific, leaving the details to the bureaucracy to sort out. But President Obama's signing
statement that ignores his ban on czars is different.
Obama proves once again that he can't be trusted.
Keeps 'Czars' Despite Budget Deal That Eliminated Them. President Obama may have never met a "czar"
he didn't like and he's not about to bid farewell to any of them now, despite a budget deal he struck with
Republican leaders last week that eliminated four of these positions.
Doesn't Mention Czars. A pattern of governance has emerged in Washington that departs substantially
from that envisaged in our Constitution. ... The practice of appointing White House "czars" to rule over various
issues or regions is not a new invention. But centralized management by the White House staff has been greatly
increased in recent years. Beyond constitutional questions, such White House advisers, counselors,
staffers and czars are not accountable. They cannot be called to testify under oath, and when
Congress asks them to come, they typically plead executive privilege. The consequences, apart from the
matter of legitimate governance, are all too often bad for the formation and execution of policy.
The Powers of This
President. Not all the powers President Obama has wielded or claimed seem clearly identifiable
in the U.S. Constitution. ... Czars have been appointed without Senate approval and provided substantial
authority over large segments of the economy. Car Czar Steven Rattner was appointed in the Treasury,
set up the disposal of GM and Chrysler in a few months before resigning ahead of the sheriff in a corruption
investigation and was replaced by a career union representative. Critics say the empowerment of czars
obscures government operation since they aren't vetted by the Senate nor must they report to Congress.
A number of them hold positions created by the Obama Administration, not by Congress in law, so it's argued
that those are extra-constitutional.
To Save America, We
Must Dethrone King Obama. Incredibly, Obama continues to boldly go where no other president
has gone before. Apparently, none of the rules apply to him. Without consequence, at will, Obama
ignores laws and the Constitution to implement his progressive/socialist agenda. merica's first black
president has morphed into America's first king. ... King Obama has put together his royal court of an
unprecedented 32 czars who only answer to him. His czars consist of people who have socialist and
communist leanings, many simply do not like America. King Obama's czars, without congressional oversight,
set new rules and regulations for our lives; boldly ignoring laws and the U.S. Constitution.
Obama's Czars In
Trouble. President Obama's unconstitutional czar-fest may come to a screeching halt now that
the U.S. House has voted to block funding for the officials — many of them radical leftists — he
assigned to run government without congressional approval. In all, the president has appointed
41 czars who have enormous power to regulate and control the American economy and government
without any sort of oversight.
House votes to overthrow 'czars'.
The House voted Thursday [2/17/2011] to dethrone nine White House "czars." Republicans successfully added
an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama's senior advisers on policy
issues including health care, energy and others out of a job. The vote was 249-179.
Moves to Eliminate Obama 'Czars'. If House Republicans have their way, the Obama administration's
"czars" will no longer be able to dictate pay at bailed-out mega-firms or negotiate new emissions standards for
U.S. vehicles. An amendment attached to the 2011 spending package, which passed the House last week, would
strip funding for a select list of the so-called czars. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the author of the
proposal, hailed the vote as a step toward ending the administration's "shadow government."
Energy 'Czar' to Exit in Staff Shake-Up. Carol Browner is leaving her position as White
House "energy czar," and a staff shake-up is likely to eliminate her post altogether, according to
Democrats familiar with events. The czar position, and Ms. Browner herself, have been lightning
rods for critics of the president's environmental-policy agenda and a reassurance to its supporters,
who liked having a top official in the White House devoted to their priorities.
Top 10 Obama Administration Investigation
Targets: [#9] Czars: While other Presidents have named advisers without
congressional approval, Obama has taken the appointment of policy czars to a new level. With appointments
going to people like former Green Jobs czar and Marxist Van Jones, Congress needs to know who has been given
authority beyond the scope of the Senate's confirmation process.
introduce bill to eliminate presidential 'czars'. A group of House Republicans introduced a bill on
Wednesday [1/5/2011] to rein in the various "czars" in the Obama administration. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)
and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers President
Obama has employed over the past two years.
administration to appoint 'web privacy czar'. US President Barack Obama would reportedly introduce a
more aggressive approach towards Internet privacy, pushing new laws and appointing a czar to oversee the initiative.
The battle over more government control of the Internet has been raging for years, as civil liberties groups have
expressed concern over government intervention in private-sector computers.
plan January takedowns of Obama's 'czars'. Republicans will have President Barack Obama's
czars and his use of regulatory powers to circumvent congressional inaction on issues such as cap and trade
in GOP crosshairs if the party takes control in January. Since taking office, Obama has named more
than 30 czars (though the exact number is hard to pin down) without Senate confirmation and
congressional oversight, and together they hold power over everything from the environment and
bank bailouts to the auto industry.
Pay Czar? The vice president's chief economic adviser has decided that one group of Americans
doesn't need all the money it earns. What gives him such authority?
Whatever else can be said about this White House, it isn't afraid to poke a stick in the eye of its critics.
How else to explain President Obama's decision Friday [9/17/2010] to put Elizabeth Warren in charge of the new Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau while avoiding Senate confirmation and, for that matter, any political supervision.
Obama, Warren and
The Imperial Presidency. President Obama's appointment of Elizabeth Warren late last week is
another milestone down the path toward an imperial presidency. During America's first 150 years,
Ms. Warren's appointment as a special adviser to the White House would have been unthinkable. Today,
it's par for the course.
and Change: Obama eliminates transparency czar. Barack Obama made a big deal about creating
the Most Transparent Administration Evah in the 2008 Hope and Change campaign, and after taking office
appointed a transparency "czar," which is in itself a contradiction in terms. Eighteen months later,
Obama has eliminated the position.
Czars Continue To Proliferate. Barack Obama has appointed another czar from Chicago: the
new Food Czar Sam Kass. Officially, he is labeled senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives,
but he's joining the list of more than 35 czars given broad and unaccountable power over our lives,
habits and spending.
The Next Obama Administration Czar Be Barack Obama? The imperial presidency is back and bigger
than ever. Over the past few months, President Obama has moved to expand his executive power over the
United States; he has gone around the people, the Congress, and the Judiciary to increase his power.
The only real question is will he stop before he becomes "Czar Obama."
Our Lazy President. Obama was in
the White House for only a few weeks before he started farming out his authority to dozens of "czars".
There's a good reason why no other President has ever done that, because what's the point of being President
if you're not going to make the big decisions yourself?
Obama puts his cook in charge of your diet.
cook made Senior Policy Advisor. President Barack Obama (D) is treating his multi gazillion
dollar spend our way out of debt and unemployment stimulus as his own private make work program, tossing
taxpayer dollars to favored constituents, such as unions, and to favored areas, such as his home city of
Chicago. And now he's making it even more private, choosing his family's personal cook, Sam Kass,
imported from Chicago, as... Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives.
Food Czar? Really? You may laugh about the White House assistant chef being appointed
"Senior Policy Adviser." You'll stop laughing when you realize that those in power really do want
to tell you what to eat.
Everything is now an emergency, just waiting for Big Government to save the day.
asks Obama to appoint carp czar. As concerns mount about the presence of Asian carp near Lake
Michigan, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today [6/25/2010] urged President Obama to appoint a carp czar to oversee efforts to keep
the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. "We need to have one person who coordinates the efforts of
the federal, state and local agencies that are doing everything they can to keep the Asian carp out of Lake
Michigan," Durbin said during a news conference at the Shedd Aquarium. "We believe it's absolutely
Ken Feinberg is a pawn of the President and the Obama agenda. Not only does he constantly and consistently
agree with the President (try to think of one time he has parted ways with our Chief Executive), he is a member
of the Obama Administration. That is hardly an independent third party. Worse than simply being a
member of the administration, he is a czar in the administration — the pay czar who determines
the amount of compensation executives deserve if their companies received TARP money (and quite frankly, that
should be determined by an independent third party too, but at least we were never promised it would be).
Obama's Shadow Government. Adolfo
Carrion, Aneesh Chopra, Earl Devamey, Kenneth Feinberg, Carol Browner, Ed Montgomery, Todd Stern, Cass Sunstein,
Ron Bloom, and John Brennan. If none of them ring a bell, it is because they and others are all part of a
shadow government of some thirty "czars"; advisers to President Obama who did not submit to the Senate confirmation
process and are exempt from Congressional oversight.
Examining the History and Legality
of Executive Branch Czars. ["Czar"] is a confusing term because no one officially holds
the title; it is a shorthand popularization used by the media and commentators, as well as individuals
in government, to describe certain individuals in the administration who seem to be coordinating national
policy and particular policy issues across agencies and programs. We don't know how many there
are, as there is no official list.
A general overview of the czars:
Birds of a Feather. As
for the president, how many more of these individuals does he have to align himself with before we open our eyes?
These czars are people that he wanted to work with who could have never made it through the public scrutiny of
a Senate confirmation process and their backgrounds are only indicative of what he truly believes.
If Obama Had Told Us Before His Election.
If Barack Obama had campaigned on what he has actually done in his first 300 days in office, would he have been
elected? That's the question so many are asking today. If Obama had told us he would appoint 34 Czars,
reporting only to himself and not vetted or confirmed in the constitutional way, building a powerful unitary executive
branch of government, would he have been elected?
of the Czars. Czars currently influence or directly control over a trillion dollars of
government spending, which is more than the spending of the entire federal government during the Reagan
Administration. And, yet, few of the Obama czars were ever vetted through the traditional review
process where potential conflicts of interest are revealed. Nor are Obama's czars accountable to
the Senate to justify policy or spending decisions.
And His Appointees Dismantling US. The "Czars" are even more radical and even more out of
control than members of the cabinet, who are subject to Senate confirmation. They can escape any
Senate confirmation and, consequently, are viewed by some legal authorities as end-runs around the
U.S. Constitution. Carol Browner, global warming (energy) czar, is typical. She is one
of the leaders of the Socialist International and, as such, advocates "global governance" and
maintains that developed nations must shrink their economy to help alleviate global warming.
Another Czar! [Scroll down] The president on Tuesday evening [6/15/2010] proved himself tone-deaf to
this popular disenchantment, manifested in his sinking public approval ratings. He double-downed on
his status as the federal government's expander in chief by announcing the establishment of an oil
czar who will join the nearly 30 other czars running various sectors of the American Leviathan
absent public accountability.
on Stupid: Obama's Czar Fetish. Here is the Obama Disaster Management Theory: In
times of crisis, you can never have enough unelected, un-vetted political appointees hanging around.
Nearly two months after the BP oil spill, the White House will now name an oil spill restoration point
person to oversee recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Too many czars have already spoiled this
administration's credibility. Might as well pile on another.
Justice. [Scroll down] The funds are to be distributed by a third party who supposedly
will be nonbiased. That party is Kenneth Feinberg, last seen serving as the administration's pay czar.
And that smell in the Gulf? It isn't the sulfurous odor of spilled crude. Just the rancid stench of
politics. Setting up the office of a pay czar, officially known as "special master for compensation,"
was another of this administration's many violations of the private sector.
known by the friends you keep. Since the advent of his socialist circle of czar advisers, we now
have a better measure of Obama. He seems to be a progressive in a European socialist way, but his czars
appear to be authoritarian — not democratic — socialists. As manufacturing czar
Ron Bloom put it, "We believe in the persuasion of power." Let's look further back to the "friends he
keeps." Obama's consigliore is his senior adviser, progressive liberal Valerie Jarrett, a virtual
cerebral body part to both him and the first lady. Know her and you know the Obamas.
"Pay Czar"?! Today the Obama
administration's "pay czar" demanded that Ken Lewis, Chairman of the Board of Bank of America, work for free. The
"czar," Kenneth Feinberg, pressured Lewis not only to forgo all remaining compensation for 2009, but to repay the
$1 million he has already received this year. Lewis acquiesced, saying that "he felt it was not in the
best interest of Bank of America for him to get involved in a dispute with the paymaster." I'm sure he was
right about that.
The Pay Czar. For years, the government has
mandated a minimum wage. Now it appears it will one day regulate maximum wage rates as well. No tears are
being shed over the announcement last week by Bank of America Chairman Ken Lewis that he will not receive any pay or
bonuses this year. But perhaps there should be some crying, or at least an outcry, because this was not a
unilateral decision by Mr. Lewis, nor was it the result of an internal board vote. No, the reports are
clear: Lewis "accepted a recommendation from government pay supervisor Kenneth Feinberg," the bank said
last Thursday [10/15/2009].
disasters. Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Obama administration's "pay czar," has no clue about
how to run a business. And why would he? His professional background is not in business, but as a liberal
trial lawyer. His career includes such relevant experience as placing valuations on the Kennedy
assassination's Zapruder film and on the lives of those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Suicide Mission. [Ken] Feinberg is no dummy. Everyone knows the folderol about bonuses is a
substitute for tackling the political challenge of "too big to fail." His every explanation has consisted
of pleading political necessity over good judgment. Yet the urgent problem now isn't TBTF, or even banker
bonuses. These are distractions. The urgent problem is the giant riverboat gamble that Washington
can save the economy by doing what comes naturally — spending money carelessly, creating massive new
entitlements without funding them, dishing out cheap credit to politically favored sectors, telling business
people where and how to invest.
The Pay Czar Is
Unconstitutional. So who is Kenneth Feinberg, and where did he get the power to set pay for
executives at private firms? As part of the hastily enacted and seldom-read legislation establishing
the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to "require each
TARP recipient to meet appropriate standards for executive compensation." To carry out this task, last
June the Treasury promulgated an emergency "Interim Final Rule," waiving ordinary requirements for a public
someone mention TARP?
Lieberman to hold czars
hearing. For the second time in a month, a Senate committee will hold a hearing to explore the role of "czars"
in the executive branch. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will convene the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Committee on Thursday [10/22/2009] to explore "The Past, Present, and Future of Policy Czars."
Byrd: Obama in power grab.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama's
appointment of White House "czars" to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount
to a power grab by the executive branch. In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about
Obama's decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy
and climate change.
Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead. I've finally figured out the Obama economic strategy.
President Barack Obama and his team have been having so much fun wielding dictatorial power while rescuing
"failed" firms, that they have developed a scheme to gain the same power over every business. The plan is
to enact policies that are so anticompetitive that every firm needs a bailout. Once that happens, their
new pay czar Kenneth Feinberg can set the wage for everybody and Rahm Emanuel can stack the boards of all of
our companies with his political cronies.
Administration, Congress seek
to rein in exec pay. The Obama administration struck a delicate balance on executive pay Thursday [6/11/2009],
blaming flawed compensation packages for encouraging disastrous risk-taking but insisting it doesn't want to dictate how
corporations reward their top people. Gene Sperling, a top counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, conceded
to a congressional committee that imposing compensation caps on companies could lead to a flight of talent.
my pay, Mr. Czar? The financial community clearly needed to revise compensation systems to shift incentives
for executives, managers, traders and others from one-year to longer term. And just as clearly, it needed to curtail
salaries and golden parachutes that bore no realistic connection to executive value-added. But that's not government's
role. Entertainers and athletes make too much, too. But that's not the government's business, either.
Power Grab. The
Obama administration is engaged in the most sweeping power grab in modern American history, but few people
seem to care. In barely four months, we've witnessed the president and his minions taking over insurance
companies, banks, and car companies, forcing private companies to sell off assets, appease unions, and stiff
bondholders. Administration officials have insisted some companies take government handouts even if they
don't want them and told others they can't pay back the money they've borrowed until the government gives them
permission. Now, the president has decided he'll appoint a "compensation czar" whose job it will be to
decide what constitutes fair pay for corporate executives. Why stop there? And, of course, they won't.
Barney Frank, Car Czar. President
Obama may have "no interest" in running General Motors, as he averred Monday [6/9/2009]. But even if that's true, we
are already discovering that he shares Washington with 535 Members of Congress, many of whom have other ideas.
The latest self-appointed car czar is Massachusetts's own Barney Frank, who intervened this week to save a GM distribution
center in Norton, Mass. The warehouse, which employs some 90 people, was slated for closure by the end of the
year under GM's restructuring plan. But Mr. Frank put in a call to GM CEO Fritz Henderson and secured a new lease
on life for the facility.
Top Cop Named Drug War Chief, Adding to Largest-Ever Team of Czars. The list of policy czars in
the Obama administration continued to grow Wednesday as Vice President Joe Biden nominated Seattle police
chief Gil Kerlikowske to head up the drug war — bringing the total number of czars under President
Obama to eight and raising questions over the necessity of such posts.
Spark Concerns Among Some Lawmakers. The appointment of czars is nothing new in Washington. President
Obama apparently likes the idea of appointing them — he's got a bunch of czars. Foreign Policy magazine
composed a list of 18 Obama administration czars, including Carl Browner, who is the energy czar, and Gil Kerlikowske,
who is the drug czar. But almost immediately, typical Washington quibbling began over who is and who is
not a czar. Czardom does not sit well with Sen. Robert Byrd. Though slowed by age, the West Virginia
Democrat remains vigorous in his defense of the powers ceded to the Congress by the Constitution. He
said he believes czars are a slick way of governing without having to answer to Congress.
'Car Czar' in Pay-for-Play Scandal.
Is it even news anymore? Another Obama appointee is under investigation. This time, it's the
administration's "car czar." The Wall Street Journal revealed Friday that Steven Rattner is the subject
of a long-running SEC investigation into a massive pay-to-play scheme. Authorities allege that several
investment firms, including the one co-founded by Mr. Rattner, paid to get investments from the
$122 billion New York state pension fund.
Cyber Czar Post. America has for too long failed to adequately protect the security of its computer networks,
President Barack Obama said Friday [5/29/2009], announcing he will name a new cyber czar to take on the job.
Obama Set to Create a
Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate. President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will
create a "cyber czar," a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the
nation's government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.
Obama Set to Create 'Cyber Czar' Position.
President Barack Obama will announce on Friday the creation of a "cyber czar" position, stepping up his administration's
efforts to better protect the nation's computer networks. The White House appointment will be followed in coming
days by the formal creation of a new military cyber command that will coordinate the defense of Pentagon computer networks
and improve U.S. offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare.
Another 'Transformational Moment' — The Cyber-Czar is
Born! I was wondering when the government was going to make its move on the Internet.
There's a whole lot of commerce going on, a lot of communication, a lot of people talking to each other,
building their businesses and enjoying their lives. So naturally, they're going to want to tax it.
All hail the cyber
czar. Mr. Obama was not completely frank about the nature of ongoing federal efforts to police
the Internet. "Our pursuit of cybersecurity will not — I repeat, will not — include
monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic," he said. Contrary to this claim, the Department
of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security have been pushing financial, transportation and other
sectors to sign onto a program that would give the federal government unprecedented access to their cyber
White House Set to Appoint a Pay Czar.
The Obama administration plans to appoint a "Special Master for Compensation" to ensure that companies receiving federal
bailout funds are abiding by executive-pay guidelines, according to people familiar with the matter. The
administration is expected to name Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the federal government's compensation fund for
victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to act as a pay czar for the Treasury Department, these
Beware the Czar's of Obama! Called, "evil
despots" by Neil Cavuto on FOX, Obama's Czars will control much and answer only to President Obama. Is that the kind
of change Obama voters wanted for America? I know for sure it's not what McCain voters wanted. ... President Obama
recently appointed Kenneth Feinberg as a "Special Master for Compensation," better known as the "Pay Czar." Sounds a
lot like the precursor to "wage control" to me.
Too Many Czars and Not Enough Indians. What
is it with all the profusion of czars these days? We started off with a Drug Czar, which rather made sense when Bush
the elder created the position since the Tsar was not known for being soft on crime ... but what of all the newly minted
czars? How many czars does a nation need, anyway?
groups dare Obama to limit pay for union bosses. Business groups are daring President Barack Obama to impose
pay caps on labor union bosses in light of indications the White House will limit how much corporate executives can be paid.
President Obama has argued "corporate greed" has contributed to the economic crisis and appointed a "compensation czar" to
review executive pay for several companies receiving taxpayer bailout money Wednesday. Now White House officials have
told the press legislation should be enacted to limit executive pay in private companies through nonbinding shareholders
Democrat Says Obama's Czars Unconstitutional. Last week President Obama appointed yet another "czar" with massive government power,
answering only to him. Even before this latest appointment, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate wrote
President Obama a letter saying that these czars are unconstitutional. President Obama's "czar strategy"
is an unprecedented power grab centralizing authority in the White House, outside congressional oversight and
in violation of the Constitution.
biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power
into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when
I'm president of the United States."
March 31, 2008
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Health firms paid Nancy-Ann DeParle
. The disclosure statement filed by White House health czar Nancy-Ann DeParle,
released this week, shows that from the start of last year until her appointment this March, she pulled in
more than $2.3 million from her positions on the boards of six firms likely to be significantly affected
by the health care reforms that she's championing.
Salad With A Kaiser Roll
. The president can't criticize America for "abandoning its principles"
during a terrorism-driven crisis, only to turn around and abandon the nation's core political values with his
Caesar-salad-like approach to problem solving outside of the electoral or representative box. But
frankly, he seems to be pulling it off, largely because he has the mainstream media as an ally for the
moment. We are witnessing the emergence of a new czarist America, not just with the appointment of so
many "experts" who will watch the store, but from the very top of the ladder, or better: pyramid.
We the People Need a Tyranny Czar
America's system of checks and balances, designed to safeguard against tyranny, is in shambles. Thus, our
tyrannical president, committed to replacing free and private enterprise with government run socialism, is able
to do so, virtually at will. That same tyrannical president is able to downgrade national defense, drive
the nation to the cusp of financial ruin, and trash the best health care system in the world in favor of a
government run HMO, again virtually unchallenged.
A Czar Too Far
President Barack Obama recently introduced Kenneth Feinberg as America's "compensation czar." ... Feinberg is
just the latest in a dense line of Obama czars. It's hard to keep track of exactly how many czars he's
crowned in these first few months in office, but a quick scan through media reports reveals at least a dozen.
Even liberals are becoming wary. "Does anyone know ANYTHING about these people? Guess what?
That's the point," wrote a blogger on the liberal Web site Salon.com. "It's easier to 'get things done'
when you are anonymous." Indeed.
When did the lowbrows
take over the culture?
[Scroll down] Obama's 22 White House czars. That's really
stupid. As well as a violation of the Constitution. ... It's so obviously wrong and power-mad that it's
not worth debating.
Endless Czar List Now Includes a Domestic Violence Aide
. President Obama has appointed yet
another czar — you know, one of those people in his administration with a long title, huge portfolio and no
budget to get anything done. This time, it's a worthy enough portfolio assigned to Lynn
Rosenthal — fighting domestic violence. But it's a czar-like post of such little consequence,
the public announcement was handled by Vice President Joe Biden, not President Obama.
Czarred And Feathered
It's been suggested that the White House has more czars than the Russian Romanov dynasty. Has the administration
forgotten that we have a government of elected officials, not of imperial appointments? Many of these
czars, most of whom are useless or counterproductive, are sitting in newly created positions. [They
include the] Green jobs czar. This post is held by Van Jones. Officially he is Obama's special adviser
for enterprise and innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Jones was a founder and
leader of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement. The group, now disbanded, had Marxist,
Leninist and Maoist influences. Jones admitted that he became a communist and radical after the officers
accused of using excessive force on Rodney King were acquitted.
czar here, a czar there, everywhere a czar
. Quick, how many "czars" do you think President Obama has
appointed since becoming president? Eight? A dozen? Guess again. Try 31, at least
according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, which actually counted them.
. Czars. We joke about them, and President
Obama's obsession with them. By most accounts, there are too many. Let's have an updated look at them.
Twenty One and counting. I think. Nothing seems to be definitive. Glenn Beck puts the count
at 18, the most recent addition being the Health Choices Czar.
czar' Rattner steps down after five months
. Steven Rattner, head of President Obama's task force
on restructuring the auto industry, is stepping down after seeing General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC enter
and emerge from bankruptcy proceedings during his five-month tenure.
FOX NEWS: Czar 54, Where Are
By definition, a Czar is accountable to no one. There is no vetting, no confirmation
hearing, and no public debate regarding any of these Czars' appointments. As Democratic Senator Robert
Byrd, who, as the oldest serving member of Congress, knows a thing or two about acquiring and maintaining
power, observed: "They [the Czars] rarely testify before congressional committees and often shield the
information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege." At times, he said,
one outcome has been to "inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability." "The rapid and
easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the constitutional system of checks and
balances," Byrd said.
Mind-boggling Extremism of Obama "Science Czar" John P. Holdren
. As part of his series of
profiles on President Barack Obama's many policy "czars," last night FOX News host Sean Hannity looked at the
new "Science Czar", John P. Holdren. ... The longtime Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental
Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Holdren is no stranger to controversy. As
Hannity pointed out in his segment, Holdren has been quoted as calling the United States the "meanest of wealthy
countries." He has also, according to Hannity, "left the door open" to prosecuting "global warming deniers."
Raised Over Influence of Obama 'Czars'
. President Obama might have slipped Monday, when he
introduced Gil Kerlikowske as his "drug czar" while speaking to an urban policy group in Washington.
Kerlikowske's real title is director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The
administration generally rejects the term "czar" as a media-generated buzzword. But as the so-called
"czars" keep piling up, it's raising serious questions about how powerful these White House insiders are and
seems to make the term "czar" all the more appropriate.
Scientists, Two Standards
. The New York Times recently warned its readers about a wacky
scientist in the Obama administration. But the fish wrap of record let the real nut job off the
hook. ... The rationality police in the newsroom have not ... seen fit to print the rantings of a radical
secular evangelist now serving as the White House "science czar." John Holdren, Obama's director of
the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors
on Science and Technology, co-authored the innocuously titled "Ecoscience" in the 1970s with population
control extremists Paul and Anne Ehrlich.
"Green Jobs Czar" is a
. Like a character out of The Big Chill
, Van Jones seems to have evolved
from radical activist to Establishment insider. Perhaps only a left-wing administration incapable of recognizing
irony would put a self-described communist in charge of creating jobs. Luckily for Van Jones, and Obama's many
other "Czars", his new job was not dependent upon making it through Congressional hearings.
You Were Right to think that Czars are Un-American
: According to one report, Obama has named at least
18 such czars — people who wield enormous power but who are appointed without Senatorial scrutiny and who
proceed more or less without accountability, except to the President. That's the way the autocrats of old did
things. But until recently we tried to do them differently in the United States.
Obama Comes To
Michigan, Tea Party Breaks Out!
. Today, Obama came to Macomb County, Michigan, where he was
set to unveil (what else?) more spending of our children's money that we don't have yet. To much
applause by the seals in the audience by the way. He wasn't the only arrival at Macomb Community
College, however. A good showing of protesters, numbering about 200, that probably won't receive
much in the way of coverage by the local or national MSM, showed up to have their say as well.
This Can't Be the Same Country I Grew Up In
[Scroll down] I mean, we've got czars now. Czars like John Holdren, who has proposed forcing abortions
and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population. The latest is the nominee for regulatory
czar, a Harvard Law professor named Cass Sunstein, who is a friend of Obama's and embraces the ever-so-popular
"senior death discount" that calculates the lives of younger people as having a greater value than those of the
elderly. And he also believes in giving legal rights for livestock, wildlife and pets so they can file
lawsuits. Human rights for livestock? This is not the America I grew up in.
. By appointing a virtual army of "czars" — each wholly unaccountable to Congress
yet tasked with spearheading major policy efforts for the White House — in his first six months, the
president has embarked on an end-run around the legislative branch of historic proportions. ... Vesting
such broad authority in the hands of people not subjected to Senate confirmation and congressional
oversight poses a grave threat to our system of checks and balances.
Two Hundred Days of Hope and
. I suppose some people might consider a return to the rule of the Czars a positive step in human
history, but there is no system of accountability: America was
a constitutional republic in which chief
officers were vetted and approved by the Senate. The other workable system has been parliamentary democracy in
which responsible ministers resign when their departments screw up. What is the Obama system? Who knows?
Overly inquisitive inspectors, we know, get fired, but that's about all we know.
The 'Ivan the Terrible' of
: How this guy got a job in government is beyond comprehension — unless you live
in the United States under Barack Obama as president. Meet Obama's "Green Czar" Van Jones — former
radical communist by his own admission, now a born again capitalist — at least when it comes to remaking
the business world into an environmentally friendly sector.
Pay Czar Collects Firms'
. For years, the question of what constitutes fair and appropriate compensation for top business
executives has been debated by legislators, corporate directors and activist shareholders. Now, for the first
time, a government voice will have a real say in what that pay should be.
The Pay Czar's
: Pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's official government title is "Special Master for Compensation." ... Asked
by Reuters whether his powers include reaching back and revoking bonuses awarded to financial industry executives before his
office was created earlier this year, Feinberg asserted broad and binding authorities — including the ability
to "claw back" money already paid out. ... House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank has yapped
all year long about extending pay curbs to all financial institutions and perhaps to all U.S. companies.
say the road to tyranny is all downhill from here.
Union Labor Head as Czar of All U. S. Industries?
The latest example of this rule of fear and suppression was announced on August 24, 2009 by the National
Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc. that Ron Bloom, former United Steelworkers Union executive, who was
appointed by Obama as his "car czar" some months ago, will soon be named to oversee ALL of America's manufacturing.
How's that for stacking the deck against American workers and consumers?
Jobs Czar: 'White Polluters' Steered Poison Into Minority Communities
Obama's Diversity Czar
new Federal Communications Commission Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd is a big fan of Venezuelan dictator Hugo
Chavez and his Soviet-style control over the media. ... Lloyd has his own Soviet-style plan to shut down talk
radio. This new FCC plan would foster "competition" by implementing a tax equal to 100 percent of
a talk radio station's operating budget to fund its left-wing competition. Yet another far-left radical
appointed to a place of power by the President — this time targeting your freedom of speech.
Czar: 'Spread the wealth! Change the
. Just days before his White House appointment, Van Jones, President Obama's
environmental adviser, used a forum at a major youth convention to push for what can easily be interpreted
as a communist or socialist agenda. As WND previously reported, Van Jones, special adviser for green
jobs, enterprise and innovation to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is an admitted black
nationalist and radical communist.
Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People's
Organs Without Explicit Consent
. Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would
"presume" someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else
when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken.
says Congress should push for removal of unconfirmed "czars"
. U.S. Rep. Dan Boren said Congress
should use the power of the purse to push the Obama administration to remove so-called czars that do not go
through a confirmation process. Responding to questions during a telephonic town hall, the Oklahoma
Democrat said he was glad Van Jones, who resigned over the weekend as controversy continued to build over
past statements, has left his post.
Much more has been said
about Van Jones, if you're interested.
Science Czar: Traditional family is obsolete, punish large families
. President Obama's
Science Czar, John Holdren, took a controversial and amoral approach to the science of population by
recommending mass compulsory sterilization and even forced abortion (and/or forced marriages) under certain
circumstances. His 1977 tome, Ecoscience, which he co-authored with Paul and Anne Ehrlich, also
displays a revealing disregard for the institution of the traditional human family.
wants all 'czars' to testify
. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) on Wednesday [9/9/2009] called for
President Obama's "czars," or appointed high-level advisers, to testify before Congress about their "authority
and responsibilities" in the executive branch.
Obama and the Left
Our guess is that [Van] Jones landed in the White House precisely because his job didn't require Senate confirmation, which
would have subjected him to more scrutiny. This is also no doubt a reason that Mr. Obama has consolidated so much of
his Administration's governing authority inside the White House under various "czars." Mr. Jones was poised to play a
prominent role in disbursing tens of billions of dollars of stimulus money. It was the ideal perch from which he could
keep funding the left-wing networks from which he sprang, this time with taxpayer money.
: With virtually no input
from the mainstream media, the alternate media exposed and forced the resignation of Communist, racist, intemperate
partisan Van Jones. He will not be the only White House czar forced from office in this way.
House defends czars, House to create yet another panel
. The Obama administration is defending
its "czars" online — among other things, claiming there are no "czars" as such and also telling
Republicans, "Bush did the czar thing, too!" Partisan bickering aside, if the real issue is the
proliferation of low-profile functionaries who direct executive policy, dozens of whom are not confirmed by
the Senate, then it's something in which both parties should be interested — then, now, and in
Secret White House Power Grab Is In Full Swing
. It's one thing for President Obama to surround
himself with the advisers he'd like to have, but it's another to bestow on them sweeping powers to broker secret
negotiations and push forward vast new regulations that could cost American families thousands of dollars. ... Driving
the push for this massive power grab and circumvention of the elected branches is a key White House official who
avoided Senate confirmation by being installed not as EPA director, but instead as White House Climate Czar:
Browner: What Conflict of Interest?
Well, here's yet another thing the unconfirmable Obama
"Climate Czarina" Carol Browner got around disclosing thanks to, and one more reason for being stuffed into, a
position of influence through the backdoor of a phony job not subject to Senate confirmation, even while lording
over Senate-confirmed constitutional officers: She was on the board of one of the leading carbon offset
trading companies, APX.
Obama and the Last Hurrah of
. The Administration has blithely declared a tripling of the national debt over the next
10 years as if it were immaterial. President Obama has championed "health care reform" and a "carbon tax" in
an attempt to control the day-to-day lives of the American people. There are now 32 advisors (czars), to the
President, most being left-wing ideologues, with the power to implement his agenda, none of whom have been approved by
'Diversity czar' takes heat
. President Obama's diversity czar at the Federal Communications Commission has spoken publicly
of getting white media executives to "step down" in favor of minorities, prescribed policies to make liberal talk radio more
successful, and described Hugo Chavez's rise to power in Venezuela "an incredible revolution." Mark Lloyd's provocative
comments — most made during a tenure at the liberal Center for American Progress think tank — are
giving fodder to critics who say Mr. Obama has appointed too many "czars" to government positions that don't require
kills bid to make White House czars accountable
. A proposed amendment that would have given
Congress more oversight over the White House cybersecurity czar and at least 17 other czars appointed by
President Obama was shut down in the U.S. Senate today [9/24/2009].
Obama and the
. Perhaps the most distinctive political characteristic of the Obama
administration thus far is the sheer ambition of its early legislative agenda, which seeks to move a host of
enormous initiatives all at once. The administration's most prominent organizational feature,
meanwhile, is its reliance on issue "czars" to manage broad areas of policy. By the end of his first
summer in office, Obama had named some 35 such policy superintendents — "more czars than the
Romanovs," as one blogger quipped — overseeing matters ranging from health-care reform, energy,
and regulation to stimulus accountability, corporate executive compensation, cyber security, and the
continuing battle over Obama's radicals
. Barack Obama is fighting a lot of political wars these days. ... They're
all serious and time consuming. But the war that has become unexpectedly intense in recent days isn't about any
particular policy. It's the war over personnel — the president's choices to fill important but not
necessarily high-profile jobs in his administration.
will Diversity Czar Lloyd Appear Before Congress?
[Mark] Lloyd has a long and troubling track record of
virulent opposition to the First Amendment, particularly as it pertains to the rights of conservative and Christian talk
radio hosts and stations. It is time he discuss his views with someone besides fellow Leftist Fellows at liberal
think tanks and on Socialist media "reform" panels.
FCC Won't Allow 'Diversity' Chief Mark Lloyd to be Interviewed
about Public Policy Views
. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) won't allow its Chief Diversity
Officer Mark Lloyd to be interviewed by the news media about his views and past statements on federal communications
policy. Lloyd, who cites the radical author Saul Alinsky as an inspiration, has argued that public broadcasting
outlets in the United States should be funded on a level equal to the funding of private broadcasting companies —
with the money coming from licensing fees levied on private broadcasters by the government.
FCC 'Diversity' Chief Calls for 'Confrontational Movement'
Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called for a "confrontational movement"
to combat what he claimed was control of the media by international corporations and to re-establish the regulatory power
of government through robust public broadcasting and a more powerful FCC.
Feingold hits Obama's use
. Senators say the arrangement goes against the Constitution because many czars are never
vetted by Congress, even though they have a major role in making policy. But there may be few options for
reeling them in.
Kevin Jennings' twisted
: Kevin Jennings is Safe School Czar not by some vetting breakdown. He was an official
in the Obama Campaign as its Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual fund-raising co-chair. For twenty years until 2008, Jennings
succeeded on a massive scale at pro-homosexual propagandizing of school children. His adeptness and
accomplishment at semantic deception are extraordinary.
Besieged czar, EEOC chief safe, Obama
tells homosexual crowd
. President Obama last night received a warm welcome at the annual dinner
of the homosexual support group Human Rights Campaign, promising to sign hate crimes legislation, to repeal
both Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act and to continue supporting his besieged appointments
as "safe schools czar" and head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Sunstein is a reputed "1st Amendment scholar." Having attended law school myself and actually practiced law for a
quarter century rather than retreat to the head-swelling-brain-shrinking environs of academia, I can assure you that if he
is, America is in very deep trouble. President Obama has made clear his White House Masterregulator is intended to
regulate virtually every aspect of American's lives — including the environment, healthcare, finance, and the
economy — regardless of your feelings about such matters much less your freedom and liberty. Sunstein
has argued in his prolific literary works that the Internet is anti-democratic because of the way users can filter out
information of their own choosing
All the President's
. President Obama and "the other side of Barack's brain," Valerie Jarrett —
whose stepfather coincidentally maintained close ties with the President's adolescent mentor and Communist,
Frank Marshall Davis — handpicked the following bureaucrats and placed them in positions of
great authority, power, and visibility...
House: Policy 'czars' won't testify
. The White House has told Congress it will reject
calls for many of President Obama's policy czars to testify before Congress — a
decision senators said goes against the president's promises of transparency and openness and
treads on Congress' constitutional mandate to investigate the administration's actions.
examples of Obama's flip-flops and broken promises.
Taking Us On Path To Fascism
. [Scroll down] This government expansion also
is a restriction of our freedom because as the government gets bigger, the individual citizen
gets smaller. Consider some of the belief systems of his Czars. Ron Bloom, the
manufacturing czar thinks the "free market is nonsense." He also agrees with Chinese
tyrant Mao Tse Tung that political power comes from the barrel of a gun. Anita Dunn, a
communications director, also a big fan of Mao, expresses those views even when speaking to
young students. And there is Mark Lloyd, Chief Diversity Officer at the FCC, who views
tyrant Hugo Chavez in Venezuela as his model.
Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member
confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut
the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent? Did you think that
another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio?
. After a flurry of justifiable outcries over a number of individuals President
Barack Obama chose as his "czars," the political heat seems to have cooled. How unfortunate. But
perhaps with the lowered temperature, the Senate will have the freedom to take some responsible measures to
address this ever-expanding problem.
Radicals to rule us all
[Scroll down slowly] These latest appointees fit right in with the 40 or so "czars" Mr. Obama has appointed
to high places in federal agencies. Since "green jobs czar" Van Jones resigned on Sept. 6 after
being outed as a self-described communist, Mr. Obama has been a bit more careful to appoint people who are
merely radical leftists, not necessarily communists. Still, he has an outright socialist as "energy
czarina" in Carol M. Browner...
Obama advisers Jarrett and Axelrod given car privileges
. President Obama has expanded the very
small group of top aides who are given the privilege of taxpayer-funded personal drivers — who take
them from their house to work and back home again each day — to include two top political advisers.
The Bush White House did not give the same privileges to any of its political advisers, according to former
Bush administration officials.
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