Czar Crazy

July 30th, 2009

Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA) wrote that just over a year ago, Candidate Obama said: 

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.

And what did he do once in office?  He went “czar crazy.”

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 — in his first six months, the president has embarked on an end-run around the legislative branch of historic proportions.

At last count, there were at least 32 active czars that we knew of, meaning the current administration has more czars than Imperial Russia. 

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3 Responses to “Czar Crazy”

  1. Brian Bagent |

    Don’t you think it smacks of feudal fiefdoms, baronies, duchies, and so forth?

  2. Tom |

    I hadn’t thought of it that way, but I guess that’s true. One big thing we can be thankful for, though, is that after Obama dubs a “czar” the title doesn’t pass on to eldest sons in perpetuity. To bad that doesn’t apply to politicians — I’ve had enough of Bushes and Kennedys.

  3. Brian |

    And Longs, and “adopted” sons of the Daly family, and on and on and on.

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