This is a serious breach of the American people’s trust in the President’s office. There should never be a Czar of anything in America. It is completely against everything that America stands for.
I didn’t agree with it when President Reagan did it either.
by Will Wilkinson
Will Wilkinson is a research fellow at the Cato Institute.
This article appeared on Marketplace on November 19, 2008
Remember America’s can-do, point man in the war on drugs, the so-called “Drug Czar?” Well, if you like czars, you’ll love President-elect Barack Obama. He’s proposing a new “technology czar,” he’s considering a “climate czar,” and he’s even floated the idea of a “car czar.”
In tough times like these, America does not need a dose of tragic Russian authoritarianism. America does not need more czars.
Did you know that the Constitution does not mention czars even once? I know, weird. The president’s cabinet is composed of heads of various executive offices. These offices, like the Department of Education, are generally proposed by the president and approved by Congress. But the president can create new sub-cabinet-level offices more or less at will — which is where most so-called “czars” dwell.