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Jones' resignation puts focus on criticism of Obama's 'czars'

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posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 01:43 AM

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As one so-called White House czar resigned over the weekend, President Obama announced the appointment of another one Monday, much to the frustration of Republican critics.

Van Jones resigned from his "green jobs czar" post amid criticism.

By some accounts, Obama has nearly 30 czars, who are officially called special advisers. The czars cover issues from AIDS and health care to Middle East peace.

Czars are nothing new. They date back to early presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt. Republicans also had czars: Richard Nixon had an energy czar, and George H.W. Bush appointed the first drug czar.

But the positions are not subject to congressional oversight or Senate confirmation, which rankles critics of the administration.

"What you see with President Obama is this reliance on czars," GOP strategist Kevin Madden said. "And I think there are probably even some corridors of power within the administration that probably didn't like the idea that you have czars that are encroaching on their policy portfolios."

David Gergen, a CNN contributor and former aide to past presidents, said the czar controversy has given Republicans an opening to question the administration's decisions.

"Now with President Obama, we have a number of people who answer to the president but not to Congress," he said. "When the Congress looks at it and sees over 30 people with czar titles, it naturally begins to worry that a lot of authority has been taken away and stripped of the Cabinet."

Oh and this is in the article to.

In 2004, Jones signed a petition that called for an investigation of whether government officials allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In a statement last week, Jones said of the petition on the Web site "I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."

So now should we have some oversight in too who gets to be a czar? Should congress hold hearings as they do for the Supreme Court? Imho I think they should if you advise the president than you need to be checked out imo.

posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 10:12 AM
reply to post by ashnomadonte

Except for Chu, none of the following were reviewed by anyone other than Obama. All are suspect.

Carol Browner, Climate Czar, formerly of Socialist International, supporter of “global governance,” was a leader of the socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.

Cass Sunstein, Regulatory czar, has proposed bans on hunting and eating meat. He believes animals have a right to an attorney and to sue you in court. He advocates a ”Fairness Doctrine” for the Internet, and believes: “ There is no liberty without dependency. That is why we should celebrate tax day.”

John Holdren, Presidential Science Advisor, advocates America’s “de-industrialization.” He says: ”[L]aws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”
“The need for DE-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”
“A transnational ‘Planetary Regime’ should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.”

Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity czar, wants to enforce “localism” with fines and fees, then turn over the funds to public broadcasting., where opinions and news are more “progressive friendly.” In other words, the Fairness Doctrine” will be used to politically monitor and punish broadcasters whose views don’t reflect those of the administration.

Ezekiel Emmanuel, Health Care czar, is a proponent of the “complete lives” regime. That is, that health care resources should be allocated by age and to “productive” Americans. He has advised the President that: “This civic republican or deliberative democratic conception of the good provides both procedural and substantive insights for developing a just allocation of health care resources. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”

Daniel Chu, Energy Secretary, has “nightmares about coal.” He advocates that Americans pay “European prices” for gasoline and energy.

Bill Ayers, Weather Underground bomber, cop killer, and Acorn activist. He says: ”I don’t regret setting bombs, I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Jeff Jones, Weather Underground co-founder, with Ayers. The Apollo Alliance, under Jeff and Van Jones’ direction, created Barack Obama’s stimulus bill that absolutely no one in Congress read, but Obama swore that if it wasn’t passed immediately, the world would end.

Here’s what Jeff Jones KNOWS about Obama’s agenda:
“He is setting Clinton up to be the face of his effort to end the Iraq war. He is going to successfully extort concessions from Detroit. He will convince Congress to pass a major stimulus package.
These various initiatives, which will collectively set the nation on a path towards redistributing financial resources downward, are presented as unconnected pieces of legislation but actually they are interlocking components of Obama's coherent multi-layered agenda. His centrist appointments are a smokescreen; they co-opt the moderate center. Even Lenin would be impressed!”

Van Jones, communist and founder of STORM, whose philosophy says: “All of STORMS members developed a basic understanding of and commitment to Revolutionary Marxist Policies with a particular emphases on the historical experiences of 3rd world communist movements.”

Are these the people we want "advising" policy?


posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 09:50 PM
reply to post by jdub297

WH, WHY does congress not conduct an investigation on these people? Oh because they can't. It just makes me sick I wish the whole lot would be thrown out and replaced with people whose background we know and approve of. We should know who the people advising the president are and where they came from what there education is and where there ideals fall.

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