Friday, September 25, 2009

Czar Mania

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.


RebeccaH said...

Whatever happened to letting the Cabinet take care of all these duties? Oh, wait. Our representatives (hence the public) have some say on who gets in there, while "czars" are beholden to nobody but His Majesty Obama The One.

Yojimbo said...

Where is the Czar accountability Czar?

Maybe we have so many Czars because Obama didn't have an excuse to go on TV one day so he just madeup some office and jumped in front of the cameras.

20 billion dollar estimate to cleanup the Great Lakes. I wonder how much of that gets skimmed off to the enviro groups? How much to these burgeoning nonprofits to "raise awareness" of the problem? This nonprofit area is becoming a welfare state for the left.

Ric Locke said...

RebeccaH has it.

More at my blog.


smitty1e said...

Thanks for this post, Paco.
I've finished the rough plot for a ten-episode debacle as I mentioned previously.
Having a good Czar breakdown will aid in the decomposition process, as I stack crap to unimaginable heights.

mojo said...

Answer obvious - needs "Czar Czar"...