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Why So Many CZARS?
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07/11/2009 04:08 PM
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Reuters this month counted "as many as 21" czars but didn't provide a list.
It's too many czars, grumble some members of the Senate. They might fear that the real power will flow toward czars, most of whom are not subject to Senate confirmation. It's a matter of accountability, they say.
An argument, perhaps, for expanding the jurisdiction of the accountability czar, Earl Devaney, now charged with monitoring spending under the economic stimulus program.
See the hall of Obama czars below, here in the Swamp:
Executive pay (appointed Wednesday): Kenneth Feinberg
Regulatory czar: Cass Sunstein
Health-care reform: Nancy-Ann DeParle
Efficiency: Jeffrey Zients
Southwest border czar: Alan Bersin
Energy: Carol Browner
Urban affairs: Adolfo Carrion
Economics: Paul Volcker AND/OR??? Lawrence Summers
Government performance: Unfilled
Drug: Gil Kerlikowske
Car czar: Steve Rattner
Bank bailout: Herb Allison
Iran: Dennis Ross
Mideast: George Mitchell
Afghanistan/Pakistan: Richard Holbrooke
Cyber security: To be named.
Distressed auto communities: Ed Montgomery
Climate change: Todd Stern