If anyone is counting, these are this administration's Czars. This is
the USA, right?
- Herb Allison-TARP Czar
- Alan Bersin-Border Czar
- Dennis Blair-Intelligence Czar
- John Brennan-Terrorism Czar
- Carol Browner-Energy Czar
- Adolfo Carrion, Jr-Urban Affairs Czar
- Ashton Carter-Weapons Czar
- Aneesh Chopra-Technology Czar
- Jeffrey Crowley-AIDS Czar
- Cameron Davis-Great Lakes Czar
- Nancy-Ann DeParle-Health Czar
- Earl Devaney-Stimulus Accountability Czar
- Joshua DuBois-Faith-based Czar
- Kenneth Feinberg-Pay Czar
- Danny Fried-Guantanamo Closure Czar
- J. Scott Gration-Sudan Czar
- Richard Holbrooke-Afghanistan Czar
- John Holdren-Science Czar
- Van Jones Green-Jobs Czar
- Gil Kerlikowske-Drug Czar
- Vivek Kundra-Information Czar
- George Mitchell-Mideast Peace Czar
- Ed Montgomery-Car Czar
- Dennis Ross-Mideast Policy Czar
- Gary Samore-WMD Czar
- Todd Stern-Climate Czar
- Cass Sunstein-Regulatory Czar
- Paul Volcker-Economic Czar
Jun 16, '09
I agree that the term is ridiculous in connection with American government. But in all fairness, I believe it was first used by either the Reagan or Bush I administration.
What worries me far more than the silliness of the term is the widespread utilization by Obama of these highly-placed and highly-powerful "officials," essentially akin to Cabinet posts, which bypass the safeguard of Congressional approval.
I read an article the other day (I'll have to see if I can find it.) which described the fears of some Democrats that Robert Byrd may soon be well enough to re-enter the political scene. It alluded to the Obama administration's concern that he will vocally oppose the use of Czars, as well as the passage of government health care, 2 issues he has opposed in the past.
I agree with that man on 2 things. Who knew that was even possible!
Last edit by Jolie on Jun 16, '09