Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Czar Crazy: Here's Another One

U.S. News and World Report online has reported yet another "czar" position has been created. This one is to battle domestic violence against women. Joe Biden got the honor of making the announcement. As per USN&WR:

Vice President Biden announced today that Lynn Rosenthal will be the White House adviser on Violence Against Women, a new position created to work with the president and vice president on domestic violence and sexual assault issues...Rosenthal most recently served as the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has focused on domestic violence issues like housing, state and local coordinated community response, federal policy, and survivor-centered advocacy.

While domestic violence in any form, whether it's men on women or women on men, is abhorrent, is this really an issue for the federal government? They're repealing the Tenth Amendment layer by layer. Jeez!!!

This list of "czars" just keeps growing at exponential rates.

There's a drug czar, a U.S. border czar, an urban czar, a regulatory czar, a stimulus accountability czar, an Iran czar, a Middle East czar, and a czar for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, which in Washington-speak has been lumped together into a policy area called Af-Pak.

There are upward of 20 such top officials, all with lengthy official titles but known in the media as czars, and next week there will be one more, when Obama appoints a czar for cyber-security who will be charged with improving the security of computer networks.

And that list of 20 came out before the following appointment was made earlier this month:

President Barack Obama recently introduced Kenneth Feinberg as America's "compensation czar." He'll oversee executive pay at firms that have taken federal bailout money. Feinberg "will have broad discretion to set the salaries and bonuses for their five most senior executives and their 20 most highly paid employees," The New York Times reported.

This is the most blatant power grab we have yet to see. And I don't foresee things getting much better. I hope I'm wrong.

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Spinsterpov said...

That's what happens when you have a president who doesn't know his ass from his elbow. He has to have an advisor for everything.

And as I was reading, I was asking the same question about why this is a federal issue. Glad you raised it.

Andrew33 said...

If someone would sue, and get it to the supreme court, I believe that the supreme court would overturn Obama's rights to have all these Czars. That is what cabinet posts are for and must be approved by congress constitutionally. I did hear that one of the supreme court members has agreed to hear the "Obama birth certificate case. So things are moving. The Supreme court tends to be very slow in action.

blackandgoldfan said...

Andrew -- The creation of all these "czars" is shredding the Tenth Amendment. And I would LOVE to see this go to SCOTUS.

Spinster -- Great minds think alike! We are, after all, the smarter gender. lol