This is the first article I have seen about the right’s biczarre obsession with Obama’s czar appointments. I don’t believe in justifying the wrong one president commits by pointing to the same wrong in another president but this particular article made me laugh….perverse of me, I know.
Eric Cantor: All of George W. Bush’s ‘Czars’ Were Totally Fine, But Obama’s Really Piss Me Off
By: Blue Texan Thursday July 30, 2009 10:30 am
The right’s sudden concern about black Democratic presidents appointing Presidential ‘Czars’ has been simmering in the wingosphere for a while — and now Eric Cantor gives it a Congressional imprimatur.
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.
To be sure, the appointment of a few special officers to play a constructive role in a given administration is nothing new. What is new is the elevation of so many czars, with so much authority on endless policy fronts. 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.
A grave threat!
Totally not like those benign Bush Czars, which included:
* Cyber Security Czar
* Regulatory Czar
* AIDS Czar
* Bird Flu Czar
* Intelligence Czar
* Health IT Czar
* Katrina Czar
* Manufacturing Czar
* Drug Czar
* Domestic Policy Czar
* War Czar
* Copywright Czar
* Abstinence Czar
* Mine Safety Czar
* Latin American Czar
* WTO Health Czar
* Corruption Czar
* Privacy Czar
* Health Czar
Most Bizarre of Czars?
- Abstinence Czar appointed by George W. Bush.
- Car Czar appointed by Barack Obama.
- Czar of Prices appointed by FDR.
- Missile Czar appointed by Dwight Eisenhower.
- And we have Nixon to thank for the first Drug Czar.
Table of Czars
I really don’t know how accurate this is but I thought it was interesting:
|President’s name||In office||Number of
|John F. Kennedy||1961-1963||1||1|
|Lyndon B. Johnson||1963-1969||2||2|
|George H. W. Bush||1989-1993||2||3|
|George W. Bush||2001-2009||35||45|