a Czar by any other name is still a Thorn

090803 at 12:17 pm 5 comments

-by Linda Butts

Media skipped the transparent ink.

It chose bold, black ink, in the spirit of calling a Thorn a Thorn instead of a Blooming Flower.

Media chose a telling word to describe power bestowed to Presidential Elite: Czar. (It has a rather regal tone, doesn’t it?) Reagan had three (3) czars, Clinton nine (9) and GW, twelve (12). Russia, 1700-1900, had nineteen (19) czars. Current count for President Obama’s Czars, whose names are known: twenty nine (29) czars. (*updated 090823, now 30 czars) Not all czar positions have been filled, not all czars are identified.

Appointed czars do not need Congressional approval. They report directly to the president and have the power to shape National Policy. Senator Bryd pointed out that the presence of czars gives the president too much power.

Czars represent not the people, rather the president, which has been dubbed the Dictator Branch of Government. Maybe the Czars represent their own, self interests. There is no oversight of their actions or decrees. Maybe they are accountable to the president, maybe themselves, but not the public. They represent only power, not the people of the United States.

Obama’s Czars

  1. AIDs CzarJeffrey Crowley
  2. Afghanistan-Pakistan Czar Richard Holbrooke
  3. Bank Bailout CzarHerb Allison
  4. Border CzarAlan Bersin
  5. Car CzarRon Bloom
  6. Climate CzarTodd Stern
  7. Copyright Czar
  8. Cyberspace CzarMelissa Hathaway
  9. Drug CzarDave Cook
  10. Economic CzarPaul Volcker
  11. Education Czar
  12. Energy CzarCarol Browner
  13. FCC Diversity Czar — Mark Lloyd *updated 090823
  14. Faith-based CzarJoshua DuBois
  15. Government Performance Czar
  16. Great Lakes CzarCameron Davis
  17. Green Jobs CzarVan Jones
  18. Guantanamo Closure CzarDanny Fried
  19. Health Care CzarNancy-Ann DeParle
  20. Health Choices Czar
  21. Health Reform Czar
  22. Information/Infotech CzarVivek Kundra
  23. Intelligence CzarAdmiral Dennis Blair
  24. Iran Czar
  25. Middle East Peace CzarGeorge Mitchell
  26. Middle East Policy CzarDennis Ross
  27. Mortgage Czar
  28. Non-Proliferation Czar
  29. Pay/Compensation CzarKenneth Feinberg
  30. Regulatory CzarCass Sunstein
  31. Science CzarJohn Holdren
  32. Stimulus Accountability CzarEarl Devaney
  33. Sudan CzarJ Scott Gration
  34. TARP CzarHerb Allison
  35. Technology CzarAneesh Chopra
  36. Terrorism/WMD/nonproliferation CzarGary Samore
  37. Urban/Housing Affairs CzarAdolfo Carrion
  38. Violence Against Women CzarLynn Rosenthal

*updated 090823

Byrd Calls Obama’s Czars Dangerous – Political Hotsheet – CBS News
Biden Announces White House Advisor on Violence Against Women – Political Punch
Obama fashions a government of many czars | U.S. | Reuters
Counting the czars
Czar Watch – FOX News – Truveo Video Search
Czar Watch – FOXNews.com

originally posted at lindabutts.wordpress.com


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jcscuba  |  090805 at 9:55 am

    I think you have them all 38 was the number I had been using!

    • 2. hepsy  |  090805 at 10:00 pm

      Please let me know if you have missing czar names!
      mahalo! 🙂

  • 3. Ron  |  090805 at 1:29 pm

    Great research hepsy! I’ll let you know if I find other names to connect!

    • 4. hepsy  |  090805 at 10:00 pm


  • 5. Media’s Czars « Hepsy's Kuleana  |  090823 at 7:42 pm

    […] Take Adolfo Carrion, identified as the White House Office on Urban Policy named by Media as Urban Czar, or the Special Envoy for the Middle East, the Middle East Czar to Media, George Mitchell. These aren’t Senate blessed appointments, rather appointments made at the whim of a president more familiar with Community Organization than Business Management. I previously identified 37 Czars whose power Media acknowledged. […]


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