And Now I Pronounce You . . . . Queen For A Day!

Oh if it were only that trivial. Queen for a Day. Queen2I used to love that show. Imagine all the gifts, prestige and power even if only for a day. But now it’s better than that. If you’re pronounced CZAR by the Emperor it’s comes with a boatload of power and more importantly, insulation.

SO, WHAT’S A CZAR? Today’s Czars at least in this context are appointed by the President, not elected or approved or vetted in any way by Congress. This is where the insulation comes in.  No pesky old Congressional hearings, sworn testimony, having to answer for past deeds or associations -good or bad, and basically no oversite! Who wouldn’t love a job like that?

Democrat Robert Byrd of West Virginia, one of Congress’ oldest ranking Senators, recently wrote to the President saying

“Enough with the Czars Already.”

And frankly I am surprise there hasn’t been more flak from Congress. After all appointing Czars basically amounts to an end run around the legislative branch and certainly takes authority away from Congress. THESE CZARS HAVE RESULTED IN A RAPID AND EASY ACCUMULATION OF POWER BY THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF and threatens our Constitutional system of checks and balances.

The number of Czars has grown over the last few administrations:

  • President Reagan had 1; a Drug Czar
  • George H. W. Bush had 1; also a Drug Czar
  • Clinton had 3; a Health Czar, a Drug Czar, and an Aids Czar
  • George W. Bush had 4; a National Intelligence Czar, a Cybersecurity Czar, an Aids Czar, and a Drug Czar and,
  • President Obama at last count had 34!

Are all these posts and positions necessary? Or are these paybacks to friends for campaign help, contributions, influcence, etc. Makes you wonder. All have nice big, fat paychecks, health-care packages, staffs, offices, cars, etc., etc. What recession? Look for more on specific Czars in a future post, but here’s what Obama’s Czardom currently looks like:

  1. AIDS Czar, Jeffrey Crowley
  2. Afghanistan Czar, Richard Holbrooke Holbrooke
  3. Border Czar, Alan Bersin
  4. California Water Czar, David J. Hayes
  5. Car Czar, Steven Rattner
  6. Climate Czar, Todd Stern
  7. Copyright Czar, TBA (to be announced)
  8. Cyber Czar, TBA
  9. Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske, former Seattle police chief
  10. Economic Czar, Paul A. Volcker
  11. Education Czar,  Arne Duncan
  12. Energy and Environment Czar, Carol Browner
  13. Faith-based Czar, Joshua Dubois
  14. Great Lakes Czar, Cameron Davis
  15. Green jobs Czar, Anthony “Van” Jones
  16. Government Performance Czar, Jeffrey Zients
  17. Guantanamo Closure Czar, Danny Fried
  18. Health Czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle
  19. Homeland Security Czar, John Brennan
  20. Information Czar, Vivek Kundra
  21. Intelligence Czar (Director of National Intelligence), Dennis Blair
  22. Iran Czar, TBA
  23. Middle East Peace Czar, George Mitchell
  24. Mideast Policy Czar, Dennis Ross
  25. Mortgage Czar, TBA
  26. Pay Czar, Kennerth R. Feinberg
  27. Regulatory Czar, Cass R. Sunstein
  28. Science Czar, John Holdren
  29. Stimulus Accountability Czar, Earl Devaney
  30. Sudan Czar, J. Scott Gration
  31. TARP Czar, Herb Allison
  32. Technology Czar, Vivek Kundra
  33. Terrorism/WMD Policy Czar, Gary Samore
  34. Urban Affairs /Housing Czar, Adolfo Carrion, Jr.

That’s it for now!
Aloha, “Mikie”
email:  Mike@MikeSells.com
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2 Responses to And Now I Pronounce You . . . . Queen For A Day!

  1. Harland Kroll says:

    I know you’re going to go into some of the Czars in more detail, but I thought I would help you out by talking about Steven Rattner, the Car Czar. Apparently Steven Rattner has resigned as the Car Czar and temporarily replaced by Ron Bloom. Rattner, a New York Times reporter turned investment banker and dealmaker, is at the center of a SEC investigation alleging that a group known as Quadrangle, founded by Rattner in 2000, made payments in millions to middlemen known as placement agents, who helped Quadrangle win investments from the pension fund of New York State and local governments. Apparently, this is a no, no. Interestingly, Ron Bloom, who was a senior member of the Government Auto Task Force, was a former adviser to the United Steelworkers. Talking about the fox watching the chicken coop, what a joke. I’m now starting to understand our President’s vetting philosophy. (Source, Washington Post)

    • Mikie says:

      Hi Harland,

      It’s amazing isn’t? The more you look into something, the more dirt you seem to find. Follow the money works most of the time when you are in doubt. Thanks for reading the blog and for your comments!
      Aloha, Mike

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