Monday, August 24, 2009

Czar Accountability Reform Act of 2009 (HR 3226)

As my husband and I made our signs for the Louisville Tea Party on July 4, 2009, he wanted something unique on his sign. He researched and read online and finally came up with a brilliant idea for his sign -- "America: More Czars than Russia!"

I had no idea. It never actually occurred to me that we might have more than Russia had. Sure enough -- Russia had sixteen czars by 1916. Thanks to the Supreme Leader, Obama, Amerika now has twice as many. In eight months time, we have surpassed the total in Russian history!

Today, both my husband and I received letters from Senator McConnell's office. He directed us to a bill that is on its way to committee in the House of Representatives. A bill which neither of us had heard of until today -- The Czar Accountability Reform Act of 2009 (HR 3226).
"To provide that appropriated funds may not be used to pay for any salaries or expenses of any task force, council, or similar office which is established by or at the direction of the President and headed by an individual who has been inappropriately appointed to such position (on other than an interim basis), without the advice and consent of the Senate."

Given the 36 czars who are completely unaccountable to the American people in addition to the unresponsive and also unaccountable Federal Reserve Bank, this legislation needs to make it to the floor for a vote!

[Thank you, Senator McConnell, for providing me with this information. You are restoring my hope that you will find your way back to your constituency. I very much hope this is the beginning of a trend!]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's take a look at this - -

Republican reference to the outrageous “TARP czar” goes to the bio of Herbert Allison — who was confirmed by the Senate.

There’s also the “technology czar” Aneesh Chopra and the “government performance czar” Jeff Zients. Both men have already been confirmed by the Senate; Chopra is the Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Zients is OMB’s Deputy Director for Management. Zients is serving in two roles — in both the OMB and as Chief Performance Officer — but he was fully vetted by the Senate.

Fox News reported that naming high-ranking advisers goes “back as far as FDR, and maybe further.” Actually, the debate over the role of unconfirmed Presidential advisers reaches back to 1832, with critics accusing President Andrew Jackson of running a “Kitchen Cabinet” in place of the official one.

Bush had a ton of Czars and I didn't hear you complaining then. The “Sudan czar” is actually the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, and during his tenure, Bush appointed several people to hold that position. Bush's naming of homeland security czar Tom Ridge is another example.

Imperial Russia, as a centralized autocracy, only had one czar. Having multiple people in positions of authority makes a political system less, rather than more, autocratic.

Perhaps if the obstructionist Republicans like Mitch McConnell would help pave the way for more confirmations Obama wouldn't have to get things done by decree. There's work to be done in this country. We didn't elect Obama to sit on his hands and have the troublemakers from the past eight years stand in the way with their whining about "power grabs."