How many czars does the President have? Twenty-seven, according to this list at Free Market Mojo. True, some of these positions were created by Obama's predecessors, and at least one czar – Van Jones – has been given the boot (but as far as I know, the position still exists and will be refilled).
But why so many? Do we really need a “Great Lakes Czar”? And surely the appointment of a “Guantanamo Closure Czar” is temporary? Or maybe not, since this is another issue on which the President can’t seem to make up his mind. I see no reason why most of these jobs couldn’t be folded into existing federal agencies – or, even better, eliminated altogether.
Update: More from Ric's Rulez.