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All About the Tsars, Czars, Whatever. by The Elephant's Child
June 11, 2009, 11:31 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, Law, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: ,

I have been wondering about the Tsars Czars that Obama is so busily appointing without confirmation or consultation by Congress.  I could not keep track.  Now Rory Cooper, Director of Strategic Communications at the Heritage Foundation, has kindly listed them for me.

Mr. Cooper says:

We are living in scary times, when a few people with oligarchic intentions can so easily take control over the fundamentals of capitalism.

Well, President Obama just said that he was going to “create or save” (now there’s a mushy phrase) 600,000 jobs this summer at a cost of merely $787 billion.  (Do the math on that one!).  And here’s where part of them are coming from.  Up until the 1950s, the President had nine cabinet officers.  Now we have nearly 50 people, each directing their own sectors of the government.  Even the Romanovs who ruled Russia for three centuries had only seventeen tsars.

Mr. Cooper lists:

President Obama has a Pay Czar, Border Czar, Energy Czar, Urban Czar, Tech Czar, Faith Based Czar, Health Reform Czar, TARP Czar, Drug Czar, Stimulus Accountability Czar, Non-Proliferation Czar, Terrorism Czar, Regulatory Czar, Guantanamo Closure Czar, AIDS Czar, Weather Czar, Intelligence Czar, Economic Czar, Green Jobs Czar and Cybersecurity Czar.

All of these people report directly to the President, and most of the new positions expand government’s reach into the American daily life to a troubling extent.

Or perhaps Obama  just has this collection so that he has plenty of time to do more important things.  The only sector of  the American employment picture that is growing is — government.  And these Czars are blithely appointed with calm promises of “restraint,” and disinterest in government control.  Uh huh.

The Czars are clearly not watching out for ordinary voters.  They take no oath as far as I know.  Cabinet Secretaries have to be confirmed by the Senate and they get pretty thoroughly questioned in the process.  If the Energy Czar outranks the Energy Secretary and the Director of the EPA, then what’s going on here?

The President is supposed to be our servant.  Even George Washington turned down any royal trappings or titles when the people wanted to honor him.  But then, Obama is not, as he has claimed to be, a student of history.

ADDENDUM: — July 15, Representative Kingston (R-GA) has posted a list of the Czars to date.  There are now 28 domestic Czars with 2 posts not filled yet, and 6 “special envoy” Czars, doing whatever it is that they do, in addition to the State Department and our Ambassadors.  The list is here.  If you have any understanding of what they are all about, please help.  Other than the fact that Obama has no respect for the Constitution, I just don’t get it.


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I am just learning about the czars. HOw can this happen, unless most or all of our white house officials are part of conspiracy. I did not think this was allowed in our country. I did a little checking on the health care situation. Check out WWII german health care. It’s scary, looks like Obama’s plan. Are we looking at another Hitler?

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Comment by Vickie White

The White House gets to hire the advisers they want, but the Czar thing is very odd. Since they are not confirmed by Congress, they certainly shouldn’t be doing policy.
The idea of government health care began, I understand with Bismark in Germany. No, Obama just believes that things are better done by a big and powerful government in Washington. No belief in the people. These are going to be what the Chinese proverb calls “interesting times.”

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