With all of the Czar’s being appointed by our President I decided to do a little fact checking into this radical way of ruling our government. First, when I googled “Czar” in Google Images-the image above is the first one you see. Of course this image was there as well:
So—that really doesn’t help me understand what he is doing—-or does it? Nope, it doesn’t-moving on…
The first picture however, took me to a blog post about taking over the government called “How to Run a Country and Get Away With It.” Interestingly this post was published in October of 2007! So wait just a minute, either I am having a Shelia Jackson Lee Moment or am I right that the President took office in 2009? It just seems like he has been there forever.
So what is this all about. The author states that “Appointing a Czar is a handy way of deflecting bad publicity on a difficult issue. Drugs, for example have been a hot issue for a long time and have caused successive governments major difficulties. Appoint a Czar and these problems simply go away.” The author by the way is talking about the UK. He correctly points out that:
“Firstly, any successes could be claimed as government successes as the results came out in police reports and therefore “ the new crime policies are working”. Secondly any failures can be attributed to the failure of the Czar himself and not the government. And finally, any police excesses, despite the fact that you have encouraged tough policies, can be targeted at individual police forces or crime units and therefore the government also looks liberal and humanitarian. It’s a win-win situation. Power without responsibility, perfect!”
Excellent points! And admittedly, that may be the reasons that George Bush, Clinton and George Bush appointed such individuals. However, in those three cases it was only a handful of “czars” that were appointed and in reality–any failures of such individuals were heaped on the President by the media anyway.
So why has Obama appointed over 3 dozen! Let’s look to the Constitution–I’m sure it allows for such things:
Well obviously that is too dang hard to read–but let’s assume for a moment that this language is in there somewhere around say Article II, section 2:
“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.”
So, I suppose he can appoint Czars in one of two ways–either with the Advice and Consent of the Senate–oops–he hasn’t done that—or as “otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law.” Hmmmm… I wonder of such a law exists?
Well as luck would have it there is a law for the Drug Czar–so maybe Bush and Clinton and Bush weren’t doing something so bad after all. The Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 allows for the appointment of a director. Under Obama that person is Gil Kerlikowske.
But how about the others?
Say…Carol Browner the “Energy Czar“—she of course headed the EPA under Clinton and on her last day in office, oversaw the destruction of agency computer files in brazen violation of a federal judge’s order requiring the agency to preserve its records.
How about Todd Stern the “Climate Change Czar” or Special Envoy on Climate Change (potato, potahhto). He was actually appointed by Hilary Clinton–the Secretary of State. What????
How about Adolfo Carrion, Jr, the “Urban Czar“-a specialist in Cash and Carry scandals. Great choice.
Or the others:
Tech Czar-Aneesh Chopra(who answers your calls as a level 2 specialist whenever your Comcast digital service acts up)
Government Performance Czar-Jeffrey Zients (who will answer your calls in the order in which they were received–your wait time is now 19288 minutes)
Infotech Czar-Vivek Kundra(who is a level 3 specialist and will take your call when Aneesh Chopra cannot figure out why you cannot access the Internet)
Health Czar-Nancy Ann DeParle(a former shoplifter and ineffective at doing anything by praising Obama for his ridiculous Health Care bill)
Bailout Czar or Tarp Czar-Herb Allison (that has worked very well–don’t you think?
Guantanamo Closure Czar-Daniel Fried (wonder what he is getting paid to take the political hit that this hasn’t happened yet?
I could go on for days, there is a Stimulus Oversight Czar, Border Czar, Counterterrorism Czar (not Jack Bauer), Regulatory Czar, Pay Czar, Car Czar, Economic Czars, Intelligence Czar, Great Lakes Czar (what??), Copyright Czar (seriously?), Food Car, Water Czar, War Czar, Domestic Violence Czar etc…..
None of these individuals have the authority to force any company or person or agency to do anything–at least not legally. So why, why appoint all of these individuals–well if you look through history you will see that every leader that has appointed numerous individuals to carry out their bidding under the title of “Head” or “Director” or “Czar” did so as a way to grab power where the Country’s laws didn’t otherwise allow for such a power grab.
In America–lest you forget–we have a balance of power–these individuals cannot have any unless Congress allows it and there is a legal reason for it–such as the Drug Czar.
Russian Czars brutalized people–especially the Jews in Russia. Hitler appointed numerous Leaders of the High Command to rule the Nazi party and carry out his policies and commands–including genocide.
Our Founding Fathers put our system in place for a reason–I guess that along with Health care, Cap and Trade, Stimulus, Obama just thinks that the Constitution should be trashed.
You know its bad when a Democratic Senator thinks it is unconstitutional. But then again, that is Senator Byrd and after all–he used to be in the KKK, so his objection is skewed a bit.
I guess I should just be quiet–after all this is just all part of “Hope and Change.”