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It isn't getting a lot of media attention and with the Democrats' majorities in the House and Senate, it is probably doomed, but for the sake of the memory of our Constitution, somebody had to do it. From the Benton Country (Arkansas) Daily Record:
H.R. 3226, the Czar Accountability and Reform Act of 2009, would bar the use of appropriated funds to pay either expenses or salaries of members of task forces, councils, or similar offices established by the president and headed by a person appointed inappropriately to such a post without Senate advice and consent.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. And co-sponsored by Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark. To his everlasting credit, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, who, for all his faults is a keen student of history, has also been raising objections to the Czar madness that has gripped the Democrats and their media lapdogs. If a Republican president had tried to grab unaccountable power in this manner, there would be a firestorm.
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
As the article says, if it was a Republican administration doing this, the left would have stated this is proof that a dictatorship is being set up, and the Republican president would be called to stop the madness or be impeached for doing this.
Originally posted by Bushido Kanji
I don't see how this would ruin our country, like everyone seems to think.
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) has introduced H.R. 3226, the Czar Accountability and Reform (CZAR) Act of 2009.
Rep. Kingston’s press release explains why he is introducing this bill:
Since being sworn in, President Obama has appointed as many as 34 czars to oversee and implement a wide array of his agenda ranging from the automobile industry to global warming to the Great Lakes. With a salary of up to $172,000 in addition to staff, office and travel budgets, Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) sees the appointments as a growing problem costing taxpayers millions.
To make matters worse, Kingston says, only a very few of these czars have been confirmed by the United States Senate despite the Constitutions requirements for Senate confirmation. To address the matter, the Congressman has introduced legislation which would withhold funding from any czar not confirmed by the Senate.
“While the Constitution may be inconvenient to the Administration, Article II, Section 2 clearly requires the ‘advice and consent of the Senate,’” Congressman Kingston said. “Why wont the President use transparency and have these people come before the Senate and undergo the constitutionally-mandated process? In 300 years, czarist Russia had just 18 czars. Its taken just seven months for President Obama to nearly double that number.”
While previous administrations had czars – Ronald Reagan had 1, George Bush had 1, Bill Clinton had 3 and George W. Bush had 4 – Congressman Kingston’s concern takes root in the number and speed with which they are being appointed as well as the vast policy areas they govern.
“At this rate, we’ll have 272 czars by 2012,” said Congressman Kingston. “It seems President Obama is in the midst of forming a parallel government to push his policies. Not only do they duplicate existing Senate-confirmed positions, they are completely unaccountable. I serve on the Appropriations Committee which is responsible for overseeing every dollar spent by our government but I’ve yet to see a single one of Obama’s czars.”
SAN FRANCISCO -- The government's four-year plan to protect the nation's IT infrastructure is getting a passing grade at mid-term, according to security experts who presented at the annual RSA Security Conference here this week. But according to two surveys by cyber security groups, the White House could do more.
This week also saw Michael Chertoff become the director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. He replaced Tom Ridge who stepped down Feb. 1.
The DHS oversees the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), which it created in response to the Bush administrations National Strategy to Secure Cyber Space.
Originally posted by Bushido Kanji
Since when has a President followed the Constitution?
Maybe this Czar thing and Socialist outlook is what this country needs. Granted, no one wants a pure Socialism, but maybe the Government needs to step in where the CEO's have complete control. That way we can avoid this situation, on the brink of complete depression.