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4 years 35 weeks ago, 12:33 PM

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The complete list of czars by Nancy Mathis

Bypassing the authority of Congress, Barack Obama rules through czars -- the beginnings of dictatorship:
1: Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) czar, Richard Holbrooke
2: AIDS czar, Jeffrey Crowley [openly gay white man]
3: Auto recovery czar, Ed Montgomery
4: Behavioral science czar, position not yet filled
5: Bailout czar, Herbert Allison Jr., [replaced Bush bailout czar Neel Kashkari, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability confirmed by Senate]
6:Border czar, Alan Bersin
7:Car czar, Ron Bloom [Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury , under Senate oversight]
8:Climate change czar, Todd Stern
9:Copyright czar, not appointed yet
10:Counterterrorism czar, John Brennan
11:Cybersecurity czar, position will be vacant on August 21st [upon the departure of Melissa Hathaway]
12:Disinformation czar, Linda Douglass [This is a new media buzz since our earlier list, a response by pundits to the White House request for informants: see Glenn Beck and Lew Rockwell]
13:Domestic violence czar, Lynn Rosenthal
14:Drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske
15:Economic czar, Larry Summers
16:Economic czar number two, Paul Volcker
17:Education czar, Arne Duncan
18:Energy czar, Carol Browner
19:Food czar, Michael Taylor [a former Monsanto executive, or, the fox in charge of the henhouse]
20:Government performance czar, Jeffrey Zients
21:Great Lakes czar, Cameron Davis
22:Green jobs czar, Van Jones [who has a communist background]
23:Guantanamo closure czar, Daniel Fried
24:Health czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle
25:Infotech czar, Vivek Kundra [Shoplifted four shirts, worth $33.50 each, from J.C. Penney in 1996 (source). His last day in DC government was March 4 but on March 12 the FBI raided his office and arrested two staffers.]
26:Intelligence czar, Dennis Blair [Director of National Intelligence, a Senate confirmed position. He is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral]
27:Latin-American czar, Arturo Valenzuela (nominee) [although this post is referred to as a czar, he is nominatied to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and so is subject to Senate confirmation. Voting on his confirmation was delayed to clarify his position on Honduras. Watch WaPo's Head Count to track status of confirmation.]
28:Mideast peace czar, George Mitchell
29:Mideast policy czar, Dennis Ross
30:Pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg
31:Regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein
32:Religion czar, aka God czar Joshua DuBois
33:Safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings [appointed to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, a newly created post (that does not require Senate confirmation); openly gay founder of an organization dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools]
34:Science czar, John Holdren
35:Stimulus oversight czar, Earl Devaney
36:Sudan czar, J. Scott Gration
37:TARP czar, Elizabeth Warren [chair of the [Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Assets Relief Program; note that Herb Allison is frequently called the TARP czar]
38:Technology czar, Aneesh Chopra
39:Trade czar, Ron Kirk
40:Urban affairs czar, Adolfo Carrion
41:War czar, Douglas Lute [retained from Bush administration, married to Jane Holl Lute, currently a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security]
42:Water czar, David J. Hayes [a Deputy Interior Secretary and therefore subject to Senate oversight]
43:Weapons czar, Ashton Carter [actually Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and so subject to Senate confirmation]
44:Weapons of mass destruction czar, Gary Samore

Positions being planned:
Income redistribution czar
Land-use czar
Mortgage czar, formally "consumer financial protection czar" (source)
Radio-internet fairness czar
Student loan czar, to oversee a program of mandatory service in return for college money (source)
Voter list czar
Zoning czar

Obama has moved swiftly to concentrate power in the White House, bypassing the review of our elected representatives in Congress in most of the posts listed above. Even though cabinet positions are part of the executive branch, the cabinet secretaries must be approved by Congress, they are funded by Congress, and they can be called before Congress to testify. Most of these czars, on the other hand, are appointed by Obama at his sole discretion, and are answerable only to him. If subpoenaed by Congress, they can claim executive privilege.

Right after the election last November, Lowell Ponte of NewsMax published a tongue-in-cheek article that purported to be written eight years in the future, looking back on the Obama administration. Given the administration's current initiatives, the ominous prognostication seems frighteningly likely:

Looking back from 2016 on eight strange years of President Barack Obama's administration, we see that it has been nothing like what idealists believed they were electing in 2008.

The Obama years will be remembered in the Ministry of Truth's official history as the era of 1,000 czars, the elitist commissars he gave the power to rule by fiat in every sector of America's government, economy, and society.... And through their partisan power, Barack Obama became America's permanent caesar.

Change you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ron Paul 2012----Vote the bastards out!---------------------------------
4 years 35 weeks ago, 1:17 PM

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Czars

"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States."

- Sen. Barack Obama, March 31, 2008

To say President Obama failed to follow through on this promise is an understatement. By appointing a virtual army of "czars" - each wholly unaccountable to Congress yet tasked with spearheading major policy efforts for the White House - the president has made an end-run around the legislative branch of historic proportions.... Vesting such broad authority in the hands of people not subjected to Senate confirmation and congressional oversight poses a grave threat to our system of checks and balances.

Change you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ron Paul 2012----Vote the bastards out!---------------------------------
4 years 35 weeks ago, 2:12 PM

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This didn't start with Obama (although this doesn't excuse what he's done). This has gone on for practically as long as there's been a United States, and as long as there has been human civilization. It was done in every ancient civilization. It was done in China, Japan, Persia, throughout Europe, and it's been done here.
Obama has certainly been blatant about doing it right up front, and wiping everyone's nose in it, but he's not unique.
Would that he were, but this sorry practice has a long history.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
4 years 35 weeks ago, 3:48 PM

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We need a pizza czar

To make sure that pizzas are made properly. LOL

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