Sep 9, 2009

The Czars - Part 1

Republican Congressman Mike Pence has called for background checks on Obama's Czars while Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry has called for the Czars  “to testify before Congress about their 'authority and responsibilities' in the executive branch.”

While this is something I completely support, I have to ask, what took them so long?  In preparation for this article, I did some in-depth research on Obama's Czars.  The amount of unelected, non-approved, proponents of a socialist government whom are serving at Obama's beck and call is staggering.  The following will be an analysis of these men and women, broken down by those who were confirmed and unconfirmed by congress.

Czars Unconfirmed by Congress

Richard Holbrooke, Afghanistan Czar:

PBS's Newshour has posted an in-depth biography which states among other things:

  • He was the Peace Corps Director in Morocco
  • In 1976 he coordinated National Security Affairs for the Carter-Mondale presidential campaign
  • In 1977, President Carter appointed him Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, a post he held until 1981

Jeffrey Crowley, AIDS Czar:

Mr. Crowley is one of the few Czars carried over from the Bush Administration.  As his title implies, he will direct America's policy concerning AIDS. He has the unanimous support of the homosexual/lesbian community as well as AIDS related organizations.

I think he’s a phenomenal choice,” said Housing Works Vice President of National Advocacy and Organizing Christine Campbell.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today issued a statement on the selection of Jeffrey S. Crowley....“The announcement of Jeffrey Crowley signals that HIV/AIDS issues will be an integral part of health care reform in the Obama Administration,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

The “LGBT” organizations have been instrumental in advocating the redefinition of “family,” have pushed homosexual indoctrination upon our children, and in some cases, have supported horrendous events around the country where homosexuals and lesbians publicly parade nude and perform sexual acts upon each other. Their support for Mr. Crowley cannot be a good thing.

Ron Bloom, Manufacturing and Car Czar:

Mr. Bloom was instrumental in Obama's take over of General Motors.  ABC News reported:

A key part of the team that advised the White House on the struggling U.S. auto industry, Bloom and team pushed U.S. automakers General Motors and Chrysler to come up with viable plans for the future,  pushed the CEO of GM to resign, and pushed the U.S. government agreed to become a major shareholder in GM, ponying up $50 billion.

ABC News also reports that he is associated with the “U.S. Steelworkers” union.

Ed Montgomery, Car Czar:

As a replacement for Steve Rattner, who stepped down from his post amid controversy over his former firm’s role in a possible kickback scandal, Ed Montgomery is now part of the:

Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry. In this capacity, Montgomery will be responsible for coordinating a government-wide effort to help support the workers, communities and regions that rely on the American auto industry...

...Earlier this year, Montgomery was named by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Summers an official designee to the auto task force to discuss recently submitted restructuring plans from Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corporation.

The Center For Automotive Research reports:

In 1997, Dr. Montgomery joined the Clinton administration as the Labor Department’s chief economist before becoming the assistant secretary for Policy. He helped Secretary Alexis Herman negotiate and end the Teamsters-UPS strike and the first international treaty against child labor. He subsequently served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer for this department with 17,000 employees and a budget of over $32 billion.

Indeed, Mr. Montgomery was much more then a simple professor at the University of Maryland and then “Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.”

Todd D. Stern, Climate Czar:

From the Environmental Leader, a proponent for “climate control:”

From 1997 to 1999, Stern coordinated climate change policy for the Clinton administration, acting as the senior White House negotiator in the Kyoto talks.
Stern promises “vigorous, dramatic diplomacy” and signals a break from the Bush administration’s conservative climate policies.

In a video that has been posted to YouTube, Mr Stern describes his and the Obama administration's views concerning the climate, stating:

“(The administration) will not question the science on Climate change.”

I guess it doesn't mater that thousands of scientists have come forward and declared it a hoax.

Kennith Feinberg, Pay Czar:

A member of the board of directors for Human Rights First which has numerous connections with socialist proponents.

Lynn Rosenthal, Violence Against Women Czar:

In this newly created position, her duties will consist of:

... Rosenthal will be a liaison to the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy community. She will also coordinate with the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women on the implementation of Violence Against Women Act programs. Further, she will coordinate with the State Department and USAID on global domestic violence initiatives. Finally, Rosenthal will drive the development of new initiatives and policy aimed at combating domestic violence and sexual assault with advocacy groups and members of Congress.

However, as with all of Obama's Czars, all is not as it seems. Trudy Scheutt of the of the Domestic Violence Examiner does an excellent job dissecting Rosenthal's feminist views and her “impact” on the administration.

Paul A. Volcker, Economic Czar:

Another czar carried over from the Bush administration, he has close ties with socialists and was an adviser to the Obama presidential campaign.  He is also a supporter of a National Sales Tax (VAT).

Carol Browner, Energy & Environment Czar:


Barack Obama's "climate czar" Carol Browner has been exposed as being a member of Socialist International, a highly influential group headed by a Bilderberg Group luminary that calls for the implementation of global government, despite Socialist International's attempts to seemingly "memory-hole" information about Browner on their website.

Joshua DuBois, Faith-based Czar:

As reported by Glenn Beck:

Title: Director of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Salary: $98,000
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: February 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Health and Human Services
  • Acts as a liaison between faith and secular community groups and the White House, often partnering with them to tackle social issues. Helps these groups apply for federal grants available to them.
    Is 26 years old
    Has master’s in public affairs from Princeton University; served as associate pastor
    Worked for Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) as an intern and then as a fellow for Rep. Charles B. Rangel (DN. Y.).
    Hired as a legislative correspondent in Obama’s Senate office in May 2005
    In 2008, at the age of 25, was appointed director of religious affairs for the Obama campaign.

How many of you know of any experienced pastors at the age of 25? Yet Mr. DuBois will “liaison between faith and secular community groups and the White House?”  How did he get his start?

An article from The Boston Globe reports:

He was just 17 years old, a freshman at Boston University, and he didn't know what else to do. A jury in New York had just acquitted the four police officers whose 41 bullets had killed an unarmed Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo.

So Joshua DuBois wrote "NO MORE" on a placard, planted himself on an expanse of pavement along Commonwealth Avenue, in front of a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., and stood there - 41 hours for 41 shots.

However, there is more to this story.  Ann Coulter reported:

As everyone in the universe now knows, the four cops patrolling the 43rd Precinct tried to stop a couple of black men acting suspiciously and whom they believed might be the rapist. The first man they stopped without incident. But the second man they tried to stop, Amadou Diallo, ended up dead.

According to the policemen's testimony -- believed by a jury that included four black women -- Diallo didn't stop after the cops identified themselves and asked him to stop. He turned away from them and then pulled out what they thought was a gun. One of the cops shouted "Gun!" and began to shoot. The policeman closest to Diallo fell backward off a step, leading his partners to believe he had been shot by Diallo.

This was, of course, a tragic mistake and my heart felt condolences go out to the family of this man.  Yet it was one that was blown out of proportion by the liberal media as well as those who push the idea that cops are racist killers. New York is well known as a dangerous city, and though crime rates have dropped, Police Officers daily take their lives into their hands when on patrol.  In addition, they were seeking a a rapist who was considered armed.  When they gave Amadou Diallo a lawful order to stop, he turned away from them and pulled out what appeared to be a gun from his pocket.  The response by the police was understandable, though again, very tragic.  As well, and as Ann pointed out, there were four black women on the jury who acquitted the officers.  One is forced to ask, why didn't Mr. Diallo comply when the order was first given?

Unfortunately, Mr. DuBois fell victim to the propaganda that was spread, and protested against the police.  Do you feel comfortable with someone who falls prey to the propaganda of the left as well as racist organizations?

Cameron Davis, Great Lakes Czar:

Amazing!  Even lakes have a Czar!  This is a testimony given by Mr. Davis in 2002 while he was executive director of the Lake Michigan Foundation.  Although I applaud his efforts to protect wildlife, he promotes placing more restrictions on people who use it's resources (including vacationers).  Yet why was there a need to create a special “czar” office concerning this?  Wouldn't this be within the jurisdiction of the EPA? Well, not needing authorization from congress, the president has promoted a man into a position to enforce a “green” economic policy.  Perhaps it helps that Mr. Davis is from Chicago and also spent time in Kenya?

Again from Glenn Becks Czar list:

Title: Special advisor to the U.S. EPA overseeing its Great Lakes restoration plan
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson
Appointed: June 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: Environmental Protection Agency
  • Oversees the administration's initiative to restore the Great Lakes' environment. 
  • President of the Chicago-based environmentalist group Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Was a litigating attorney and served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School.
  • Served with the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, where he worked on the Montreal Protocol to protect the Earth’s ozone layer, and U.S. EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago.

Tomorrow I'll finish examining Obama's czars and add in some closing comments.


Rushlight said...

Qulifications aside, these are people who are in positions of great governmental power, yet have not been elected to office.

However, probably of more appropriate response, there should be a vetting process as in choosing Supreme Courst Justices.

This actually allows more information about an individual than mose Americans voting among people they have not studied.

TroubledPatriot said...

I completely agree, Rush. As a matter of fact, I'll discuss that in part 2 in my closing comments.

What I am attempting to do is to point out the dangerous path that this socialistic administration is leading us down.

I'm also wondering why it has taken so long for any Republican to speak out against this!

The next few days will be interesting. I'm curious as to the response of the the elites in power as they watch Americans rise up throughout our nation in protest.