“The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States.”
At the time Senator Obama made this statement, President Bush had 32 Czars. Four times as many as President Clinton had before him.
President Obama has 39 Czars, eight more than Bush.
Obama said he would reverse it, but instead, he made it even worse. To put it bluntly, he lied.
Czars, unlike cabinet members, are not reviewed and approved by the Senate. This is a violation of he Constitution, but more importantly, it’s dangerous to a democratic Republic.
Appointing Czars allows a President to surround himself with people he alone chooses who have great influence over his policy and therefore the laws that we are subject to, without presenting those individuals to the American people for review, and most importantly, approval through the Senate.
Czars are paid with taxpayer money, but taxpayers have no say in who these individuals are. You can see from the second chart below that we are not even told how much of our money many of them are paid with.
In a Republic it is vitally important that Americans have a vote in who discusses policy with their President and influences the laws that we must then follow.
The only point of having Czars is to circumvent the Constitution. That alone is enough to gauge the true intentions of any President who appoints so many of them, and why we need to pass this bill to eliminate them.
Note in the image below not only the number of Czars being created in the last three Administrations, but the number of appointees not confirmed by the Senate.
To read more from Angrywoodchuck on Czars, please see my post from 2009 on this topic found here.
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