List of Obama’s Czars
Czars Invade The Capitol!
What is a Czar? Originally, the title Czar (derived from Ceasar) meant Emperor in the European medieval sense of the term, that is, a ruler who claims the same rank as a Roman emperor, with the approval of another emperor or a supreme ecclesiastical official (the Pope or the Ecumenical Patriarch). Occasionally, the word could be used to designate other, non-Christian, supreme rulers. In Russia and Bulgaria the imperial connotations of the term were blurred with time and, by the 19th century, it had come to be viewed as an equivalent of King. While President Barack Obama did not invent the position of czar in Washington, he is on his way to owning the title of President with the Most Czar’s. As Obama names more policy czars to his White House team, some lawmakers and Washington interest groups are raising concerns that he may be subverting the authority of Congress and concentrating too much power in the presidency. In fact, one could call it a first-rate power grab. The alarming thing about czar’s is that they operate with impunity and they are “under the radar” when it comes to making policy. They are accountable to nobody, except the administration. So in effect we have NON-ELECTED officials, who are backed by The White House, who are given the tools and resources to do the bidding of the President and they are accountable to NO ONE! These czar’s don’t have to undergo Senate Confirmation Hearings, they just get appointed. Therefore, we should, at the very least, know who they are.
Medicare Czar Donald M. Berwick • Auto Task Force Czar Ron Bloom
• Border Czar Alan Bersin Energy czar Carol Browner, Salary $172,200
Urban czar Adolfo Carrion, Jr., Salary $158,500 • Health Foods Czar Sam Kass
Infotech/Public Information czar Vivek Kundra • Mortgage Czar (Open)
Faith-based czar Joshua DuBois, Salary $98,000 • New TARP czar Herb Allison (C)
Health reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, Salary $158,000
Stimulus accountability czar Earl Devaney • Performance Czar Jeffrey Zients
Non-proliferation/WMD czar Gary Samore • Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske (C)
Terrorism czar John Brennan, Salary $172,200 • Economic Czar Paul Volcker
Regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, Salary $172,200 • Technology Czar Aneesh Chopra (C)
Salary/Pay/Compensation Czar Kenneth Feinberg • Great Lakes Czar Cameron Davis
Cyber Security Czar Howard Schmidt • Guantanamo closure czar Daniel Fried.
Car Czar Ed Montgomery (Steve Rattner?) • Weather/Science Czar John Holdren (C)
Intelligence Czar James R. Clapper (Nominated) • Copyright Czar Victoria A. Espinel
Green Jobs Czar Van Jones (No longer Czar) • Domestic Violence Czar Lynn Rosenthal
AIDS Czar Jeffery Crowley, Salary $102,000
TARP Oversight Czar Elizabeth Warren • Weapons Czar Ashton Carter (C) dod
Special Envoy Czars:
Iran Czar (Open) • Mideast Peace Czar George Mitchell
Af-Pak Richard Holbrooke, Salary $259,700/office • Sudan Czar J. Scott Gration
Southwest Asia Czar Dennis Ross • Climate Special Todd Stern
Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar, Salary $420,750/office
*NEW* Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer
(The dollar amounts to the side of a few indicate their salary as of July 2009.)
(Those Czars with the letter “C” beside them are confirmed by the Senate. As you can see, there are only seven.)
So there you have it. Obama’s Czars. Does anyone know ANYTHING about these people? That’s the point. You don’t know them so they are anonymous. They’re anonymous and they will eventually be held unaccountable!