Czar Update…Obama’s Shadow Government

I have previously posted about Obama’s Czars and with much attention being focused recently on healthcare, I have not had a chance to go back and update and correct any information that has changed.  I had a comment on my last post from doggod and there were some great points made so I thought I would use that comment as a basis for updating the Czar information, making corrections and list out source articles and information.

Thank you to doggod who left the following comment:

Kat’s question is a good one because the first seven czars on your list…

Behavioral Science czar – Not Appointed Yet
Income Redistribution czar – Not Appointed Yet
Land use czar – Not Appointed Yet
Radio-Internet Fairness czar – Not Appointed Yet
Voter List czar – Not Appointed Yet
Zoning czar – Not Appointed Yet
Student Loan czar – Not Appointed Yet

…are fake.

Michelle Malkin and anyone else who have listed those don’t realize that at least a few of the come from a joke article written by Lowell Ponte in Newsmax in November 2008. It begins:

“Looking back from 2016 on eight strange years of President Barack Obama’s administration, we see that it has been nothing like what idealists believed they were electing in 2008.”

And it ends:
“The Obama years will be remembered in the Ministry of Truth’s official history as the era of 1,000 czars… Thus it has been these past eight years for President Obama’s bailout czar and urban planning czar, his education czar and Latin America czar, his cybersecurity czar and Internet czar, his Afghan-Iraq war czar and income redistribution czar, the voter list czar and radio-Internet fairness czar, and many hundreds more.”

About this last paragraph, notice two things. Ponte lists real czars, which ALREADY EXISTED UNDER BUSH (bailout to Afghan), and fake czars, which he thought would be funny (I mean, come on, “redistribution czar”? Who would fall for that?!?).

So no income redistribution czar, voter list czar, radio-Internet fairness czar.

Also, the last two (autism and mortgage) are just rumors, and you listed weapons czar twice… So now we’re down to 41.

Also there should be only one “economic czar” Paul Volcker, you list two. AND you then list Volcker twice! Down to 39.

Of the 39, at least 10 of them are Senate Confirmed positions, and over half already existed in previous administrations.  Roughly 15 new czars have been created by Obama.

Behavioral Science Czar – NOT FAKE & NOT APPOINTED AS YET – I would refer you to HR3247 which has all of the information about this new position being set up.  Here is the link to the newsvine story and here is a snippet from HR3247 describing the Behavioral Science Czar:

(a) In General- The Secretary shall establish a social and behavioral sciences research program to identify and understand social and behavioral factors that influence energy consumption and acceptance and adoption rates of new energy technologies, and to promote the utilization of the results of social and behavioral research to improve the design, development, demonstration, and application of energy technologies.
(b) Director- The Secretary shall appoint or designate a Director of Social and Behavioral Research to carry out the program established under this section.

Income Redistribution Czar – SPECULATION – while I certainly can appreciate that many who are not familiar with Socialist or Marxist tenets would think that this is a joke, I do not.  Obama himself said “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” (Oct 2008 to Joe the Plumber).  As well, the Science Czar, John Holdren in his book “Human Ecology” made the following statement:

“Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.” (Human Ecology by John Holdren)

As well, there are several other self-proclaimed Communists within the administration.  I will let this stand as not filled but with the above sources, I do not think that it is out of the realm of possibility.

Land Use Czar – SPECULATION – I will list that one as speculation – it may sound kind of comedic but since Land Use, Housing and Urban Growth & Development are all issues that the government focus on, I am not really laughing.  The term “Land Use Czar” was coined in San Diego, California when Jim Waring held that position.  (Story on San Diego Land Use Czar)

Radio-Internet Fairness Czar – NOT APPOINTED YET – This may actually come under Cass Sunstein, Regulatory Czar, who is advocating The Fairness Doctrine for the Internet and which may also include radio.  In fact, tonight, I believe Rush Limbaugh will be on Glenn Beck and discussing this very topic.  I have a post here: New Censorship Czar to Target Blogosphere that discusses Sunstein’s agenda.  Here is a quote from Sunstein:

“A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government,” he wrote. “Democratic efforts to reduce the resulting problems ought not be rejected in freedom’s name.”

Again – can we discount this as fake? No.  Although, it may be that this will come under the purvey of Cass Sunstein.  How am I doing so far, doggod?

Voter List Czar – SPECULATION – My thoughts on this position were that it would be tied into the Census which is upcoming for 2010.  But since this is pure speculation, I will mark it as such as I do not have the sources that I do for the other Czars.

Zoning Czar – NOT APPOINTED YET – I would refer you to just about any governmental planners.  This is not a fake position – Even Chicago has its own Zoning Czar (see story here) and I, again, this position is not out of the realm of possibility and not a fake postion.  I will leave it on the list.

Student Loan Czar – NOT APPOINTED YET – This is absolutely NOT A FAKE.  Obama and Rahm Emanuel have both spoken at length about mandatory service in return for student loan assistance.  In fact, the beginnings of implementation have begun – here is a quote from Organize for America:

Obama for America, Obama’s 2008 political campaign, merged with the Democratic National Committee in January and is now known as Organizing for America, or OFA. The movement some call “Obama 2.0″ is now recruiting students and offering to provide credits toward degree plans in exchange for their advocacy skills. (link to full story)

OK – that takes care of the first seven and I have found no evidence that they are fake.  You ask me to suspend my disbelief but I ask YOU, what other administration has taken the Czars to such abusive heights?  Now, I will address the “rumors” of the autism and mortgage Czars.

Autism Czar – NOT A RUMOR – NOT YET APPOINTED – The Autism Czar is more than a rumor – Obama made the promise in his campaign and I have here included a quote from Obama during the campaign:“Many insurance companies have failed to assume their responsibilities. Individuals with autism are routinely denied insurance benefits for their treatments. As President, I will appoint a Federal ASD Coordinator, an “Autism Czar” to oversee and coordinate a nationwide effort to deal proactively with ASD.”  So, at this point, the only rumors are about who will fill that position.

Mortgage Czar – NOT A RUMOR – NOT YET APPOINTED – This position is called: Consumer Financial Protection Czar and I am providing a link that outlines the plans for this position and the agency that it will oversee.

OK – so here is the regroup list and the Czar’s names and titles and how they are appointed.

1. Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke (Richard “The Bulldozer” Holbrook)
Actual Title: US Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan
Presidential Appointment

2. AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley (bio on Jeffrey)
Actual Title: Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
Presidential Appointment

3. Bailout Czar: Neel Kashkari (Goldman Sachs Alumnus)
Actual Title: Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability
Treasury Appointment

4. Border Czar: Alan Bersin (Former US attorney)
Actual Title: Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security
Senate-Confirmed

5. Car Czar: Steve Rattner (resigned) – Ron Bloom (Labor Zionist background)
Actual Title: Head of the Obama Administration’s Auto Task Force
Presidential Appointment

6. Climate Czar: Todd Stern (more on Stern)
Actual Title: Special Envoy for Climate Change
Presidential Appointment

7. Copyright Czar: Not appointed yet. (Still waiting for appointment)
Actual Title: Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Presidential Appointment

8. Cyberspace/Internet Fraud Czar: Melissa Hathaway (resigned – see story here) NEEDS NEW APPT
Actual Title: Director of the White House Office of Cybersecurity
Presidential Appointment

9. Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske (Ending the War on Drugs?)
Actual Title: Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Presidential Appointment

10. Economic Czar: Paul Volcker (Where is he during this crisis?)
Actual Title: Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Presidential Appointment

11. Education Czar: Arne Duncan (HuffPo story on Arne Duncan)
Actual Title: Secretary of Education
Presidential Appointment

12. Energy Czar: Carol M. Browner (Member of Socialist International)
Actual Title: Assistant to the President, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change
Presidential Appointment

13. Faith-Based Czar: Joshua Dubois (God Czar that is Pro-Choice)
Actual Title: Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Presidential Appointment

14. Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis (What a Great Lakes Czar does)
Actual Title: Great Lakes Czar
Presidential Appointment

15. Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones (Communist, STORM, colorofchange.org)
Actual Title: Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the White House
Presidential Appointment

16. Guantanomo Closure Czar: Danny Fried (bio on Fried)
Actual Title: US Department of State Special Envoy
Secretary of State Appointment

17. Health Care Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle (Michelle Malkin’s take on DeParle)
Actual Title: Director of the White House Office of Health Reform
Presidential Appointment

18. Income Redistribution Czar: Not appointed yet. (Speculation)
Actual Title: No information currently.
Presidential Appointment

19. Information Czar: Vivek Kundra (shoplifter)
Actual Title: Chief Information Officer of the United States
Presidential Appointment

20. Intelligence Czar: Admiral Dennis Blair (Did he lie to Congress?)
Actual Title: Director of National Intelligence
Presidential Appointment with the Advice and Consent of the Senate

21. Land-Use Czar: Not appointed yet. (speculation)
Actual Title: No information currently.
Presidential Appointment

22. Latin American Czar: Arturo Valenzuela (Confirmation at Council on Hemispheric Affairs)
Actual Title: Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean
Presidential Appointment

23. Mideast Policy Czar: Dennis Ross (Finally, A Conservative?)
Actual Title: Special Advisor for Iran, the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia
Presidential Appointment

24. Middle-East Peace Czar: George Mitchell (Former Senator – bio)
Actual Title: Special Envoy to the Middle East
Presidential Appointment

25. Mortgage Czar: Not appointed yet. (source story)
Actual Title: Consumer Financial Protection Czar
Presidential Appointment

26. Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg (BIO)
Actual Title: Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation
Treasury Appointment

27. Performance Czar: Jeffrey Zients (BIO)
Actual Title: Chief Performance Officer
Presidential Appointment

28. Radio-Internet Fairness Czar: Not appointed yet. (May fall under Cass Sunstein, Regulatory Czar)
Actual Title: No information currently.  (Article on Revival of Fairness Doctrine)
Presidential Appointment

29. Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein (Regulating the Internet & Free Speech)(Targets Blogosphere)
Actual Title: Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Senate-Confirmed

30. ‘Safe Schools’ Czar: Kevin Jennings (Promoting Homosexuality in Schools?)
Actual Title: Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
Presidential Appointment

31. Science Czar: John Holdren (Forced Abortions, Sterilization of Water & Population Control)
Actual Title: Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Senate-Confirmed

32. Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney (BIO)
Actual Title: Inspector General, US Department of the Interior
Senate-Confirmed

33. Student Loan Czar: Not appointed yet. (speculation)
Actual Title: No information currently.
Presidential Appointment

34. Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration (Who is Scott Gration?)
Actual Title: Special Envoy to Sudan
Presidential Appointment

35. Tarp Czar: Herb Allison (Fannie Mae CEO)
Actual Title: Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability, US Department of the Treasury
Senate-Confirmed

36. Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra (White House Tech Sucks)
Actual Title: Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Presidential Appointment

37. Terrorism Czar: John Brennan (Supports Torture – will they investigate him?)
Actual Title: Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security
Presidential Appointment

38. Urban Affairs/Housing Czar: Adolfo Carrion (Pay for Play?)
Actual Title: Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy
Presidential Appointment

39. Violence Against Women Czar: Lynn Rosenthal (Advocate for Women?)
Actual Title: White House Advisor On Violence Against Women
Presidential Appointment

40. Voter List Czar: Not appointed yet. (Speculation)
Actual Title: No information currently.
Presidential Appointment

41. War Czar: Douglas Lute (HuffPo article on Lute)
Actual Title: Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan
Presidential Appointment

42. Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter (BIO)
Actual Title: Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Presidential Appointment

43. WMD Czar: Gary Samore (BIO)
Actual Title: National Security Council Staff
Presidential Appointment

44. Zoning Czar: Not appointed yet. (speculation)
Actual Title: No information currently.
Presidential Appointment

45. Behavioral Science Czar: Not appointed yet.
Actual Title: Director of SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES RESEARCH PROGRAM
Presidential Appointment

46. Autism Czar: Not appointed yet. (Combating Autism Act – source)
Actual Title: No information currently.
Presidential Appointment

47. Economic Czar 2(there are TWO): Larry Summers (more about Larry Summers)
Actual Title: Director of White House’s National Economic Council
Presidential Appointment

48. Food Safety Czar: Michael Taylor (read more about Michael Taylor)
Actual Title: Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA
Presidential Appointment

49. Government Performance Czar: Jeffrey Zients (source story)
Actual Title: Chief Performance Officer
Presidential Appointment

50. Trade Czar: Ron Kirk (Ron Kirk – Tax Dodger)
Actual Title: United States Trade Representative
Senate Confirmation

51. Media Diversity Czar:  Mark Lloyd (He is here for our Free Speech)
Actual Title: Federal Communications Commission Chief Diversity Officer

For any Czars that are unable to go through a Senate confirmation, Obama simply makes the position a Presidential Appointment.  The serious issues of Czar-Mania are the lack of transparency, unchecked power, no accountability, and the continued expansion of the government.  The sole purpose of some of these Czars (Cass Sunstein) is to sidestep the Constitution and inflict their personal agendas on the American People.  In just this group, we have self-proclaimed Socialists, Communists, shoplifters and liars and these are the people that are making decisions that not only affect our daily lives but the very fabric of the United States of America.  Where does it stop?

So, again, while I do appreciate the comment, I have not really changed my mind nor the list all that much.  I must have a different sense of humor – I have satirical interpretations of the Czars on my other site:

http://www.seesomethingfishy.com/

Where does it stop?

(Additional note: I would like to provide a link to a blog post that kindly listed me as a source: Noisy Room and that takes it to the next level providing alot of wonderful additional information.  Also, I want to mention the delightful Kat and ask you to visit her at Biased Media Boycott )

CZAR CZAR

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  3. Kat says:

    Very, very good, Antaia! ;-)

    Cliff Kincaid, USA Survival has a new article out about Van Jones. He’s been researching him & has run into several road blocks with the FOIA. Since Glenn Beck is having trouble, Cliff decided to release his research early.

    http://www.usasurvival.org/ck08.25.09.html

    Didn’t know if you’ve seen this – Congressional Progressive Caucus:

    http://tinyurl.com/mz236o

    Thanks for your hard work!
    Kat

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