Untouchable and Unconstitutional

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Jul 10, 2009

Barack Obama has appointed more czars in his administration than any other president in U.S. history. As many as 34 so far. They receive compensation in excess of $172,000 plus benefits and each have staffs of 10+ people. They have as much power as any cabinet but have absolutely no accountability to Congress whatsoever, ignoring the Constitutional mandate to do so. They are accountable to no one except the President.

Article II, Sect. 2 of the Constitution clearly states that Congress must be involved in presidential appointments.

[The President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

 

To name a frightening example: Kenneth Feinberg, the White House's "pay czar," will have control over seven companies to receive large amounts of bailout money as well as discretion over their top five executives and 20 highest paid employees. The auto czar is 31 years of age, drives a foreign car, has no experience whatsoever yet he is head of the U.S. auto industry. There is also a health reform czar, a drug czar, a border czar, a regulatory czar, and an info-tech czar, to name only a few. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution in such a way that such power would not emanate from one person without confirmation by the Senate. Clearly, that doesn't matter in the least to the President.

These people have two things in common: massive government power and the fact that they answer to only one person: Barack Obama.

In February, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate and third in line to the presidency, wrote a letter to Obama, criticizing his "strategy of creating czars to manage important areas of national policy," saying it "violates both the constitutional system of checks and balances and the constitutional separation of powers, and is a clear attempt to evade congressional oversight."

Representative Jack Kingston (GA) is pushing for a law that requires any funding to be withheld from the czars unless they are confirmed by the Senate, not just appointed by Barack Obama: "I'm committed to ensuring these czars are put through the constitutionally-mandated process by which we review executive appointments and have offered an amendment that would withhold funding from any czar unless they are confirmed by the Senate."

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