I don’t get this "czar" thing. When did it start? Can I blame it on Nixon? Carter? Maybe the Gipper’s "drug czar"? Or can we blame it on Bill Clinton for making Hillary the "health czar"? And poor Bill Bennett. He started out as a bona fide secretary of education, but by the time he got recycled into the second Bush administration, he too had to be a "czar."
Folks, "czars" are from Russia. They are monarchists. Hereditary autocrats. Authoritarians.
This is America. This is a republic. We don’t have "czars" in America.
Well, yes we do . . .
It seems the Democrats are now outdoing the GOP in this "czar" business. Congressman Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a recent Washington Post article, listed a few of President Obama’s "czars":
"The administration has a Mideast peace czar (not to be confused with the Mideast policy czar), a Sudan czar and a Guantanamo closure czar. Then there’s the green jobs czar, sometimes in conflict with the energy czar, who talks to the technology czar, who sometimes crosses paths with the urban affairs czar.
“We mustn’t forget the Great Lakes czar or the WMD czar, who no doubt works hand in hand with the terrorism czar. The stimulus accountability czar is going through a rough time right now, as is the TARP czar – but thankfully they have to answer to the government performance czar. And seemingly everyone falls under the auspices of the information czar. In a government full of duplicative bureaucracies, adding more layers with overlapping responsibilities hardly seems the way to go."
To be sure, Cantor exaggerates a wee bit. But the above quote doesn’t even include Obama’s famed "car czar" (who, BTW, recently quit; I can hear Michelle saying, "Barry, you gotta appoint a new car czar pronto!")
OK, OK, I’m almost through with the "Czar" rant. But let me end emphatically: In America, we don’t want no steenking "czars"! Hey, all you "czars" out there: Get real jobs!