Is anyone alarmed by the number of czars appointed by President Obama — over 30 czars (and counting) in just six months in office? In fact, you can find a "tweet" on John McCain’s Twitter page that says, “Obama has more czars than the Romanovs – who ruled Russia for three centuries.”
Apparently, in the United States, the title “czar” is an informal term for a certain high-level official who directs and oversees federal operations on a given topic. Czars have been around for a while and President Nixon was the first to appoint an energy czar during the 1970 energy crises. Other Presidents have appointed their share of czars: President Reagan (1), President George H. W. Bush (1), President Clinton (3), and President George W. Bush (4). So why is President Obama adding so many so fast? Are these good intentions to handle issues of the day or just another layer of government that is accountable to no one but the White House?
Czars are appointed at the discretion of the president (even though there is no provision for it in the constitution), they are not vetted, and there is no background check. The “chosen” not only hold unelected positions, but they rule with absolute authority and no accountability. Their job descriptions are nebulous, yet their salary is a mystery, and they all require a staff. As reported by Neil Cavuto of Fox News, the czars “oversee more than $1.7 trillion of taxpayers’ money and they don’t have to justify how much money they’re spending and even how they are spending it.” There is no transparency, no congressional oversight, and they only answer to the president.
My sister had a dog named Czar that I adored. Czar was a pit bull, a terrific, striking, smart dog that was very loyal to my sister. If you study the nature of the American pit bull terrier, they are good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate, and if raised correct they make a great family pet. However, this particular breed of dogs have a strong temperament, are very muscular, and powerful, and some are bred to fight, which is an utter disgrace.
The American pit bull terrier is almost always obedient and always eager to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog, highly protective of its owners and owner's property and will fight an enemy to the death. It is usually very friendly, but has an uncanny ability to know when it needs to protect and when everything is okay.
If you study the “chosen” czars, you can first conclude that it is difficult to track. However, you will notice some patterns and how, other than the name of my sister’s dog, there are some parallels to the pit bull. The "chosen" seem to be good-natured and are a strong-willed and intelligent group with extensive backgrounds in both the private and public sectors.
Other than the obvious government power-grab by this administration (expansion of executive power), the “chosen” are really Obama’s pit bulls, who now posses their own power and have a direct line to the President. They are extremely loyal to Obama (their master) and his agenda. They are eager to please, are protective of Obama, and are willing to attack those who don’t agree with this administration's agenda.
Obama’s “chosen” have either worked on his campaign or knew him back in his Chicago days, are close friends now, and — no surprise here — the majority (if not all) are liberals. Where’s the bipartisanship Obama promised? While a few have their share of controversy, most have a particular agenda of their own, have strong ties to the industries they represent either directly and/or indirectly, and most reflect this administration’s goal of more government and their ideology of socialism.
The way these officials are put into place and the number this President has appointed is distressing at the very least. However, it is the people “chosen” who should alarm congress and all Americans! Here are a few of the “chosen” to consider:
The regulatory czar, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), is Cass R. Sunstein, who is a Harvard law professor and Barack Obama’s former colleague and friend from the University of Chicago. Sunstein is known for his radical views and he is the author of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, where Sunstein and co-author, Richard Thaler, “show that by carefully designing the choice architecture, we can make dramatic improvements in the decisions people make, without forcing anyone to do anything”.
Sounds interesting. However, what makes them the architects of what is good and bad? In fact you may be more shocked to find out that Sunstein’s ideas of what is good include FDR’s second Bill of Rights, the senior death discount, and the belief that animals should have the right to file suit (and I don’t mean clothes).
It is one thing to author a book, but now Sunstein is part of framing public policy with his "choice architects" concept, where he will try to “gently guide us to make better choices” that we may not think are better. This is extremely dangerous for our country because it may take away what “free choices” we have left, even if we know that choice is bad for us.
If that doesn’t make your blood pressure rise, knowing that Sunstein and his liberal views will be hanging out at the White House should, because many of our civil rights will be under attack, especially free speech, the Internet, and bloggers. Case in point is an article by the New York Post, “Gag the Internet” (July 11, 2009) where it is reported that Sunstein "thinks that the bloggers have been rampaging out of control and that new laws need to be written to corral them.”
The Energy and Environment czar is Carol Browner, a liberal, who was the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Clinton administration. During the 2008 election she was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, but when Hilary Clinton lost, she campaigned for Barack Obama and later served on the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Browner was (or is) a leader of the Socialistic International, a worldwide organization whose theme is “Progressive Politics for a Fairer World” and statutes claim that “Socialist International is an association of political parties and organizations which seek to establish democratic socialism.” However, it has been reported that Browner's name and biography were removed from the Socialistic International website, though a photo of her speaking June 30 to the group's congress in Greece was still available.
It looks like Browner’s name is missing from other websites as well — Gore’s organization, the Audubon Society, and as a Board Member of APX, Inc, which is a provider of market technology and infrastructure services for environmental programs. Hmm, I wonder how much profit these companies will get out of Browner’s new alliance with the government?
The Green Jobs czar, Van Jones, is an environmental and social activist, civil rights attorney, author of the book The Green Collar Economy, and has won many awards for his work as an activist. He is co-founder of California's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, "a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America.” Von Jones is also the founder and president of Green for All, “a U.S. organization that promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged."
Van Jones sounds like a very compassionate person and qualified to serve as Green Jobs czar; however, his past reflects more than just concern for our environment. In 1992, Van Jones joined the riots that erupted when the “not guilty” verdict of the Rodney King case was announced. In 2005, The East Bay Express reported that while Van Jones was in jail he said, "I met all these young radical people of color––I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, this is what I need to be a part of … I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist."
From the same interview, Van Jones admits that in “1994, the young activists formed a socialist collective, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, which held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia.”
I’m not one to judge the past of others — we have all skeletons in our closet. However, Van Jones doesn’t deny his communist stance or his ideology of a “socialistic utopia”. In fact, he continues to advance his radical views under the umbrella of “fighting pollution and poverty at the same time.”
Echoing Green promotes his words on their website: "We’re gonna to have to do something very dramatic at the Federal level either with Cap and Trade…something … We’ve come to the end of the road…last century strategy … The Federal government has got to be involved in helping with the u-turn because the Federal government was involved in supporting all of the dumb stuff we’ve been doing … We can have a sane federal policy that is ecologically sound, but there is no way to have a sane ecologically policy that is not at the same time a radically progressive social policy…”
Here is a list of the chosen czars to date:
- AIDS czar: Jeff Crowley
- Afghanistan czar: Richard Holbrooke
- Auto – Recovery czar: Edward Montgomery
- Border czar: Alan Bersin,
- Climate czar: Todd Stern
- Drugs czar: Gil Kerlikowske
- Economics czar: Paul A. Volcker
- Faith–Based czar: Joshua DuBois
- Great Lakes czar: Cameron Davis
- Gitmo czar: Daniel Fried
- Government Performance czar: Jeffrey Zients
- Health czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle
- Homeland Security czar: John Brennan
- Information czar: Vivek Kundra
- Intelligence czar (Director of National Intelligence): Dennis Blair
- Mideast Peace czar: George Mitchell
- Mideast Policy czar: Dennis Ross
- Non-proliferation czar: Gary Samore
- Pay czar: Kenneth R. Feinberg
- Science czar: John Holdren
- Stimulus czar: Earl E. Devaney
- Sudan czar: J. Scott Gration
- Tarp czar: Herb Allison
- Technology czar: Aneesh Chopra
- Urban Affairs czar: Adolfo Carrion, Jr.
- Weapons czar: Ashton Carter
- WMD czar: Gary Samore
Our beloved community organizer is taking (or is it nudging) our country toward socialism and he is enlisting his pit bulls to assist! While we await the announcement of a Cyber czar, we can anticipate more “chosen” to arise, an Income Control czar, a Fox News czar, an American Idol czar (they need one after this last season), and even a Kool-aid czar (maybe not, as the Obama Kool-aid is very popular these days) — any way this administration can gain more control, kill capitalism, and advance socialism.
I thought government was "for the people, by the people," not by the President for the President. Obama’s fast track with his czars are more proof of an out-of-control government and that this administration is about control, and no better way to get it done quickly than to enlist your best friends. Let’s just hope Obama’s pit bulls are kept on a short lease by congress (if they are willing and able), they get their daily walks, and are potty trained!