Government by Czars

~Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. (T.J.) Don't go to sleep while on watch!  Czars are not confirmed by congress nor reviewed in public like cabinet posts are. Depends upon the president how much power he wants to give them.
The science czar is dangerous!
Source: ... In the more than 300 years that Russia was ruled by the Romanov Dynasty, that family produced a grand total of 18 Czars"authoritarian figures that ruled the country with a heavy hand. By contrast, in just 6 months of being in office, President Barack Obama has appointed at least 32 Czars, with, Huckabee adds, “more on the way.”
... they also came up with similar objections to mine:
ibid: ...

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.

As Huckabee notes, “the truly brilliant and inspired men who created our form of government designed it to go slow in making big changes. They were so afraid of vesting too much power in one person or even one branch of government that they created a government that was as tough to steer as a big ship with a small rudder.”

... What they don't teach you in school in government & civics classes (guess why?) is that the Constitution was created to limit government rather than spell out everything that it could possibly do or limit the freedom of the people themselves.
8/7/2010
Along with usurping Congress' prerogative to confirm appointments by appointing personal czars, the regime is also plotting to usurp the will of the people by bypassing Congress altogether by figuring out ways to accomplish those agenda items such as comprehensive immigration & energy taxation without going through Congress where the votes are not there.  This is documented well in this Krauthammer editorial.

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  2. czars
  3. science czar
  4. karl rove
  5. obana bashing
  6. tu quoque
  7. voting
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Comments


Seth says
Wow, you (and/or WND)  got that from Karl Rove who was the lying czar of the Bush administration "overseeing all their distortions and misrepresentations."  Way to go!

Mark de LA says

Actually the cartoon is from my usual source at townhall.com. The rest of your shit-ass ad hominem comment is irrelevant.  Did the science csar Holdern say words to the effect that mandatory abortion might be necessary ? If so, then you should retract your bull shit & probably worry.


Mark de LA says
Czars come by derivation from the name Caesar; your own unique spelling notwithstanding. Google news has 1760 articles on czars this morning not all of them from Foxnews. They have been calling the Drug Czar so for a long time before Obama. The attempt to bypass accountability is interesting.  All of the areas fall under current cabinet officers.  Why bypass those who can be called before congress to explain their actions to go directly to some unelected czar? That is the question.

Seth says
It seems like this term "zar" may actually be more of a concoction by Fox news than anything of any meaning.  These people are just advisers on specific topics.  Here is an analysis of the administration's usage of the term ...
source: think progress
    – On July 13, Obama did use the term “Drug Czar” when referring to Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

    – Hannity’s March 11 clip of Gibbs saying, “I think I’ve been asked in this room any number of times if the czars in our White House to deal with energy and health care had too much power” was in response to a reporter’s question. In fact, the first person to use the term “czar” in that briefing was Fox News reporter Major Garrett.

    – At the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in June, Obama was joking when he said, “ABC is planning a series called ‘Dancing with the Czars.’” It was part of his comedy routine at the dinner.

    – Hannity’s fourth clip was taken from the same March 11 press briefing as his second clip. In fact, it was in response to the exact same question, and came just a sentence later.
... So is there any real "there" here? I think not.

Seth says
MR 2009-09-09 12:14:52 12204
seth 2009-09-09 11:57:59 12204
MR 2009-09-09 10:54:20 12204
Czars come by derivation from the name Caesar; your own unique spelling notwithstanding. Google news has 1760 articles on czars this morning not all of them from Foxnews. They have been calling the Drug Czar so for a long time before Obama. The attempt to bypass accountability is interesting.  All of the areas fall under current cabinet officers.  Why bypass those who can be called before congress to explain their actions to go directly to some unelected czar? That is the question.
If everybody who advised the president had to be vetted by Congress, then the legislative branch could cripple the administrative branch.  That is already happening with political appointments - still to  this day many needed positions have not been filled because of the opposition obstructing the process.   Not a good idea.
Ha! HA! Reduce the size & scope of government & you won't need so many czars, probably none at all!

Well that's true.  But it's not an argument in favor of vetting advisers through congress.  Unless, of course, your intention is to just make the administrative branch of government pretty much non functional ... mire it down in partisanship and destroy it ... then complain  that it can't govern and reduce it in size further. 
Barfola!

Mark de LA says
seth 2009-09-09 11:57:59 12204
MR 2009-09-09 10:54:20 12204
Czars come by derivation from the name Caesar; your own unique spelling notwithstanding. Google news has 1760 articles on czars this morning not all of them from Foxnews. They have been calling the Drug Czar so for a long time before Obama. The attempt to bypass accountability is interesting.  All of the areas fall under current cabinet officers.  Why bypass those who can be called before congress to explain their actions to go directly to some unelected czar? That is the question.
If everybody who advised the president had to be vetted by Congress, then the legislative branch could cripple the administrative branch.  That is already happening with political appointments - still to  this day many needed positions have not been filled because of the opposition obstructing the process.   Not a good idea.
Ha! HA! Reduce the size & scope of government & you won't need so many czars, probably none at all!


Mark de LA says
seth 2009-09-09 13:10:45 12204
MR 2009-09-09 13:00:48 12204
Barfola on the unelected shadow government!
Electing every person who works for government ... how smart is  that?  Making it a partisan process to hire people .... how smart is that?  I'm glad that MR is not electable or confirmable.

If GWB had as many czars as Obama there would have been cries of shadow government & a congressional investigation for upsetting the balance between the executive & the legislative.  I'm glad you are not there in the executive doing your power grabbing of taxpayer money like BHO. 


Mark de LA says
Add to this the information from Wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections)
In 2008 231,229,580 people were eligible to vote.
Of those only 57% voted = 132,645,504
...
Of those only 69,456,897 voted for Obama.
.....
We have a 30% president or said differently - President Obama represents only the choices of 30% of the voter eligible population. Now if you factor in the whole population the number is: 22.8 % ....
 ... I wonder how far that will drop by election day.

Mark de LA says
More on czars - the regulatory czar:
Wikipedia: ...

Cass R. Sunstein (born September 21, 1954) is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who currently is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School,[1] where he continues to teach as the Harry Kalven Visiting Professor. Sunstein is currently Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama administration.


...
WND has some info re a 2nd bill of rights here.
WND: ...

Among his mandates are:

  • The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

... Character assination of the sources will not be tolerated & will be deleted.
 The objection to czars is that they operate well under the radar: almost a shadow government.  In a representative government the electorate is supposed to know what the views are of those whom they elect. Is anyone aware of the views of all BHO's czars are?  A congressman in this article wants all 44 to testify. IMHO, a lot of people would not have voted for Obama if they knew he would incorporate in his administration the radical views of people like Van Jones & Cass Sunstein. You think you can identify with the president & what he stands for from his speeches & his press secretary & his books.  What explains all these appointments? Can someone tell me that BHO didn't know what Van Jones was like before his appointment? Why would he appoint them if he didn't agree with them? Similarly if his chief of staff or other deputy appoints them he must agree with them or BHO agrees with him.


Mark de LA says
Here is an example of why BHO's czars are dangerous.  Not only has the "pay czar" (special master for compensation) not confirmed (or vettted) by the electorate's representatives in Congress but apparently he acted independently of the president who only later backed him up.
Source: ...

The Treasury Department is expected to formally announce in the next few days a plan to slash annual salaries by about 90 percent from last year for the 25 highest-paid executives at the seven companies that received the most from the Wall Street bailout. Total compensation for the top executives at the firms would decline, on average, by about 50 percent. 

The sweeping decision, though, came from Feinberg and not from President Obama


... there must be multiple unconstitutional acts in this kind of behavior the first of which is government interfering in private enterprise. Shades of Nixon & the wage & price control regime. I remember it well because I worked in a bank at that time & my boss who really liked my work explained that I couldn't have a raise because Nixon said I couldn't. We can argue the merits of bailouts & constraints on corporations receiving taxpayer money in one of the other items on that topic later:

Mark de LA says
& as usual a Townhall Cartoon crisps it up!


Mark de LA says
Did I mention yet that Obama's Safe School Czar promoted the sexual practice of fisting to 14 year olds (& above) at a Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network . Fisting is in the Urban Dictionary here.

Mark de LA says
This tableau is called “The Forgotten Man”, a painting by Jon McNaughton, an artist who is known for his politically-charged work.



Mark de LA says
c.f. the picture above here: http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2012/02/03/controversial-artist-depicts-obama-trampling-the-constitution/

Mark de LA says
An update from the NYTimes as Obama starts to run against Congress & consolidate his power to go outside them.  Complains about czars.  Congress still has the power of the purse at least for a while.
NYTimes: ... But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts “We Can’t Wait,” a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more.

Each time, Mr. Obama has emphasized the fact that he is bypassing lawmakers. When he announced a cut in refinancing fees for federally insured mortgages last month, for example, he said: “If Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them.”

Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obama’s increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress.

... remember Obama reaming out Bush for signing statements? I wonder why Obama has to run against Congress? His party once owned it all. Maybe his policies & spending are not shared by the representatives of We the People, or the people themselves any longer, eh?


Mark de LA says
seth 2012-04-25 09:45:04 12204

This one here is a hard one to grock as anything other than blatant  tu quoque

Incidentally here is the essence esplicitidly stated in the first paragraph of your drudge headline

source: Boston Hearly ... where Brown is running against Warren

Brown camp scolds Warren over interest-free loan
 
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign is blasting Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s financial history as she campaigns in support of low-interest student loans, saying the Harvard Law professor’s interest-free loan from Harvard means she is too out of touch with students’ everyday struggles.
... so Democrats call out Ann Romney for being out of touch with middle class women because she lived on the largess of wealth .... then Republicans call out Elizabeth Warren for getting a student loan from Harvard. 

Drudge twists the real story and then MR twists it even more to "unelected ruling class cashes up". 

Bitter Nation

... & Seth does a RECONTEXTUALISATION (SPIN & LIES)  of what are really facts of 20 year interest free loan to the Harvard Law professor making $350,000 last year to brush aside the facts & continue the Obamalagniaphile attack on the mother of Romney's children. Your phony "logical fallacy" (sic) tagger continuation of the RWG stands up good here!

Mark de LA says
... & appointing another czar will solve the OBAMACARE boondoggie:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/17/obama-supporters-call-for-obamacare-czar-to-avoid-another-rollout-disaster/


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