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Just the Name “Czars” is Alarming!
Special Report on President Obama’s 45 Czars
New Czars Exercise Unprecedented Control over Government Policies and Programs While Operating Under a “Veil of Secrecy”
Washington, DC — October 10, 2011
Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released “President Obama’s Czars,” a special report on the President’s appointing of “policy advisors,” many of whom enjoy positions of power and authority in the administration and yet have not been subjected to vetting and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Judicial Watch’s extensive investigation exhaustively documents these czar appointments and details the control these czars exercise over government operations.
From the report’s introduction:
“This Judicial Watch Special Report analyzes the proliferation of so-called ‘czars’ in the Obama administration. President Barack Obama has installed personal advisors in czar positions in the White House and has created new czar positions elsewhere in the Executive Branch. As of the date of this report, the number of czars that have been appointed by the President, or by others in his administration, appears to total 45. In addition, there are as many as 18 other unfilled or planned czar positions.
“Many of these ‘czars’ are unconfirmed by the Senate and are largely unaccountable to Congress. Further, their activities are often outside the reach of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), creating a veil of secrecy about their precise role in the administration.”
The new report is available at Judicial Watch’s website
- Czars appointees have seized unprecedented control over major aspects of government policy and programs. In some instances, unconfirmed czars have authority, in seeming violation of the U.S. Constitution, over certain Senate-confirmed officers.
- A number of the czars have been linked to scandals, thefts and kickbacks, flagrant and offensive statements, conflicts of interest, and radical leftist political ideologies and policies.
“Barack Obama’s unconstitutional use of czars to help run his administration is at odds with republican, limited, and accountable government. Obama has simply installed his radical leftist allies in various positions of power while thumbing his nose at Congress and the American people. As we document in this report, too many of these czars have proven to be corrupt or radicals (or sometimes both). No wonder the Obama administration fights tooth and nail to allow these czars to operate in secret. Nevertheless, Judicial Watch managed to develop this comprehensive list of czars as part of efforts to ensure government accountability.”
From Page 9 of the Report:
Following is a list of the unfilled positions as of September 15, 2011:
Autism czar Planned, but no word on status
Behavioral czar Planned, but no word on status
Car czar Open due to resignation of Ron Bloom
Disinformation czar Open due to resignation of Linda Douglass
Electronic health records czar Open due to resignation of Dr. David Blumenthal; position to be filled
Ethics czar Open due to resignation of Norm Eisen, but is not likely to be filled∗
Green jobs czar Open due to resignation of Anthony “Van” Jones
Health care czar Open due to appointment of Nancy-Ann DeParle as Deputy White House Chief of Staff; position may not be filled
Income redistribution czar Planned, but no word on status
Internet czar Open due to resignation of Susan Crawford
Land-use czar Planned, but no word on status
Manufacturing czar Open due to resignation of Ron Bloom
Radio-internet fairness czar Plannned, but no word on status
Student loan czar Planned, but no word on status
TARP czar Open due to resignation of Herbert Allison
Urban affairs/housing czar Open due to resignation of Adolfo Carrion, Jr.
Voter list czar Planned, but no word on status
Zoning czar Planned, but no word on status
Controversial Czars and their descriptions begins on page 14 with Special Adviser Czar Valerie Jarrett. Did you know she enjoyed the title of Czar?
Controversial Czars in the Obama Administration
Since numerous presidential czars avoid Senate confirmation, they also avoid the Senate’s valuable vetting process. The procedure of confirming potential appointments is a necessary layer of protection and accountability, because it helps to ensure against controversial appointments and validates that the nominee is competent and qualified.†
Special Adviser Czar: Valerie Jarrett
Diversity Czar: Mark Lloyd
Health Reform Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle
Medicare/Healthcare Czar: Dr. Donald Berwick
Science Czar: John Holdren
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Czar: Kevin Jennings
Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein
Manufacturing Czar [ “Car Czar”] : Ron Bloom
Energy and Environment Czar: Carol Browner
Urban Affairs/ Housing Czar: Adolfo Carrion
Information Technology Czar: Vivek Kundra
Car Czar: Steve Rattner
Green Jobs Czar: Anthony “Van” Jones
Consumer Czar: Elizabeth Warren
Read more about these Czars, their questionable backgrounds and unconstitutional authority and responsibilities in Judicial Watch’s Report.