It's not racism... it's the, uhh... "Czars" yeah. "Czars"!! What's with all the Czars?

The numbers are based upon the sortable list below.

President's name In office Number of
"czar" jobs
Number of
Number of
new positions
Franklin Roosevelt 1933-1945 12 19
Harry Truman 1945-1953 6 6
Dwight Eisenhower 1953-1961 1 1
Lyndon Johnson 1963-1969 3 3
Richard Nixon 1969-1974 3 5
Gerald Ford 1974-1977 1 1
Jimmy Carter 1977-1981 2 3
Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 1 1
George H. W. Bush 1989-1993 2 3
Bill Clinton 1993-2001 7 11
George W. Bush 2001-2009 35 46
Barack Obama 2009 32 35

Via Washington Independent

With an assist from Politico, which has completely bought into Glenn Beck’s campaign against “czars” — on Monday, the publication sketched out a “GOP czar revolt” that consisted of work by Michelle Malkin, a joke by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and a comment from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — conservatives are arguing that the Obama White House is abusing its power by appointing so many advisers without Senate approval. In the words of Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.):

In the wake of these recent revelations, the president should suspend any further appointments of so-called czars until Congress has an opportunity to examine the background and responsibilities of these individuals and to determine the constitutionality of such appointments.

Here’s the problem: Some of the people whom conservatives and mainstream media voices alike have labeled “czars” have been confirmed by the Senate. Some of them, and others, hold jobs that were created by previous presidents.

Take a look at Politico’s list of 31 “czars,” which shrinks to 30 without Van Jones. Republican strategists like Ed Rollins have used that “31″ number to allege that there’s a problem here. But perhaps the most controversial people labeled “czars” by Beck and by reporters have gone through Senate confirmations. Cass Sunstein, whom Politico labels the “regulatory czar,” is waiting for the end of a Republican filibuster so he can lead the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office created in 1980. John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was confirmed by the Senate, unanimously, six months ago. But none of that seems to matter to their critics. Michelle Malkin, whom, again, Politico credited for making this an issue, relentlessly refers to Holdren as the “Science Czar” as if it was his actual title.



Annette said... / Sep 16, 2009, 5:01:00 PM  

I tried to tell someone this the other day.. Glad to see it all in one place.. thanks for posting this.

Good to find your blog too.. I have added it to my blogroll and have started visiting it more often..

Keep up the great work.

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