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(Washington Post)   Like other presidents, Obama has a number of "czars" specializing in certain policy areas. Here is the history of czars and why we can't overthrow them on behalf of the proletarian masses   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 175
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2009-09-15 02:34:51 PM
Damn, where's Zombie Lenin when you need him?
 
2009-09-15 02:38:38 PM
All hail our new Czar Overlords.
 
2009-09-15 02:39:11 PM
But but but Hoover....

Is this the Hopey or the Change?
 
2009-09-15 02:43:20 PM
Dancin_In_Anson: But but but Hoover....

Is this the Hopey or the Change?


This would be Administration. How many did Bush have?
 
2009-09-15 02:50:05 PM
Dancin_In_Anson: But but but Hoover....

Is this the Hopey or the Change?


Well, now that you're here, we have the Asshole Czar.
 
2009-09-15 02:50:50 PM
Dancin_In_Anson: But but but Hoover....

Is this the Hopey or the Change?


It's called "the staff." No need to change anything. No reason to change anything. The only thing that should be changed is the use of the term "czar."
 
2009-09-15 02:55:47 PM
I prefer they be called "Tsars" myself.
 
2009-09-15 02:59:56 PM
i prefer the diverse czars of America
 
2009-09-15 03:00:07 PM
Maybe the media should stop making up stupid sensationalist names for department heads and special assistants?

Oh wait, nevermind, "czars" make Obama look more communist. Better keep that made up title then.
 
2009-09-15 03:00:20 PM
Does that make Rahm Rasputin?
 
2009-09-15 03:00:28 PM
I don't understand. Czars? Aren't those Russian kings? Will they be given land? Are we going to be their serfs? This is communism!
 
2009-09-15 03:01:05 PM
I thought we had a cure for SARS...
 
2009-09-15 03:01:19 PM
The term "czar" has a special place in the lexicon of American politics, both corporate and government. Whenever there's a situation that has no fix (or no fix that can be reasonably attained), the powers-that-be appoint a czar to oversee the situation.

For example, in the US government, there are appointed Drug Czars, Immigration Czars, Energy Czars, Education Czars, and a whole bunch of Czar's who oversee areas of policy that are not really meant to be improved, but still need to be shown as something that is being addressed and taken care of. Appointed Czar's usually have no power, very little budget, and are all show, appointed for the purpose of silencing and placating critics. The Czars don't actually have to "fix" anything, since the areas of policy that they're "put in charge of" are literally beyond fixing. They just have to show up to work and fight the good fight; in this way, the powers-that-be can say that they're doing something about the problem, while not actually having to allocate any significant resources to fix anything.

So, when the presidnet (or any other government, company or organization) appoints a Czar to make everyone safer/richer/healthier/happier, take it with a grain of salt. Czar is code word for "buzz off, critics, you're in the way of higher profit and/or control over our subjects".
 
2009-09-15 03:01:22 PM
Who's czary now?
 
2009-09-15 03:02:03 PM
"We're CZARS!"


Yeah... we're CZARS!"
 
2009-09-15 03:03:12 PM
Diogenes: Dancin_In_Anson: But but but Hoover....

Is this the Hopey or the Change?

It's called "the staff." No need to change anything. No reason to change anything. The only thing that should be changed is the use of the term "czar."


why? Because it causes an itch in the ass of a few rednecks?

If these idiots don't understand the term or where it came from we should change it because of these precious snowflakes?fark em
 
2009-09-15 03:04:42 PM
www.manlyrash.com

Czar you go again....
 
2009-09-15 03:05:02 PM
propasaurus: Dancin_In_Anson: But but but Hoover....

Is this the Hopey or the Change?

Well, now that you're here, we have the Asshole Czar.


you're a class act
 
2009-09-15 03:06:14 PM
incontention.com
"Nobody thinks in terms of human beings Governments don't, so why should we? They talk about the people, and the Proletariat... I talk about the suckers and the mugs...It's the same thing. They have their five-year plan, and so have I.
 
2009-09-15 03:06:26 PM
The practice of using Czars started with whom?

Who was the first Czar? Who appointed him?

/In America, jackass
 
2009-09-15 03:07:09 PM
Obama knows these people are radical nuts. That's why he wants them on board but that is also why he appointed them as Czars and not traditional (and worse, Congress-vetted) cabinet memebers.
 
2009-09-15 03:07:35 PM
God, this is so damn stupid.

If you have a problem with using the term "czar" to describe these special advisers, then go biatch at Nixon's gravestone.

They're just advisers. Their only responsibility is to advise the President on various topics. He's the one that takes the responsibility for any and all advice that they give him and he acts on or does not act on.

Now just shut up and find something useful to complain about.
 
2009-09-15 03:09:01 PM
I'm the czar of that thing that happens sometimes when it rains and a drop hits your forehead and you get a weird shiver and you scratch it for a second, then turn to the person you're with and say "that raindrop thing happened again."

My business card is 5 inches x 8 inches, which means all of my sport coats have to be 5 times larger than normal, which makes pants shopping difficult, but i get by. I get by.
 
2009-09-15 03:09:07 PM
Richard Nixon named a drug czar and energy czar, to combat the burgeoning problem with illegal drugs and the oil crisis of the 1970s.

Thus THE drug problem disappeared and the energy question was solved forever. FOREVER!
 
2009-09-15 03:09:35 PM
Nemo's Brother: Obama knows these people are radical nuts don't listen to Fox news.
 
2009-09-15 03:10:09 PM
Czars czuck.
 
2009-09-15 03:11:20 PM
This is somewhere between "Arugula" and "Dijon" on the "who gives a shiat" scale.
 
2009-09-15 03:12:11 PM
Cake Hunter: I'm the czar of that thing that happens sometimes when it rains and a drop hits your forehead and you get a weird shiver and you scratch it for a second, then turn to the person you're with and say "that raindrop thing happened again."

No. You are the Czar of Television Programming.
 
2009-09-15 03:12:20 PM
If instead of "czars" we called them "Little Caesars" would that help?
 
2009-09-15 03:12:42 PM
Dinki: Nemo's Brother: Obama knows these people are radical nuts don't listen to Fox news.

Because Fox News made up the story about the last Czar to 'resign'.
 
2009-09-15 03:13:15 PM
Nemo's Brother: Obama knows these people are radical nuts. That's why he wants them on board but that is also why he appointed them as Czars and not traditional (and worse, Congress-vetted) cabinet memebers.

did you RTFA?
 
2009-09-15 03:13:57 PM
Isitoveryet: did you RTFA?

That's crazy talk.
 
2009-09-15 03:14:19 PM
elchip: Cake Hunter: I'm the czar of that thing that happens sometimes when it rains and a drop hits your forehead and you get a weird shiver and you scratch it for a second, then turn to the person you're with and say "that raindrop thing happened again."

No. You are the Czar of Television Programming.


I can be the czar of two things, you know.
 
2009-09-15 03:17:27 PM
Gangway Fathead: If instead of "czars" we called them "Little Caesars" would that help?

If they want to satisfy the teabaggers then they should use "Grand Wizards".
 
2009-09-15 03:17:34 PM
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My forefathers were bartenders to the czar.
 
2009-09-15 03:18:12 PM
I majored in Tsars and Czars in College. Everyone laughed....but who's laughing now????
 
2009-09-15 03:18:59 PM
Some of Bush's czars:

* Cyber Security Czar
* Regulatory Czar
* AIDS Czar
* Bird Flu Czar
* Intelligence Czar
* Health IT Czar
* Katrina Czar
* Manufacturing Czar
* Drug Czar
* Domestic Policy Czar
* War Czar
* Copywright Czar
* Abstinence Czar
* Mine Safety Czar
* Latin American Czar
* WTO Health Czar
* Corruption Czar
* Privacy Czar
* Health Czar

They're f*cking advisors. Get over it.
 
2009-09-15 03:19:13 PM
No pics of the boob czar tshirt girl?
 
2009-09-15 03:20:30 PM
i185.photobucket.com


czaaaarrrr, matey
 
2009-09-15 03:20:35 PM
FTFA:
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) called for Obama's "czars" to testify before Congress about their "authority and responsibilities."

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Republican Caucus, called on Obama to suspend any further "czar" appointments until Congress exams the roles and constitutionality of people currently serving in those specialty roles.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) introduced legislation in July that would effectively end the president's power to appoint special advisers.


OK, you guys run with that. Just don't be surprised when it bites the next Republican president in the ass.

And I'm sure that all this Congressional testimony and debate about Obama's 'czars' won't distract at all from the pending health care legislation, right?
 
2009-09-15 03:20:38 PM
Nemo's Brother: Obama knows these people are radical nuts. That's why he wants them on board but that is also why he appointed them as Czars and not traditional (and worse, Congress-vetted) cabinet memebers.

You don't go around capriciously restructuring the cabinet.

Plus, if they did get Congressional vetting, you'd complain that Democrats control the majority and that's the only reason they got approved.
 
2009-09-15 03:22:41 PM
Rapmaster2000: In Czars.

The tubeway army is meeting down in the park?

Oh, that's too bad.
 
2009-09-15 03:27:50 PM
Once Obama has left office, we will never hear the term czar mentioned again.
I wonder why.
 
2009-09-15 03:27:58 PM
Lando Lincoln: God, this is so damn stupid.

If you have a problem with using the term "czar" to describe these special advisers, then go biatch at Nixon's gravestone.

They're just advisers. Their only responsibility is to advise the President on various topics. He's the one that takes the responsibility for any and all advice that they give him and he acts on or does not act on.

Now just shut up and find something useful to complain about.


I agree with this, but I also think that there should be some appointment mechanism for those advisers since they are essentially members of the Executive branch of the government and being paid by our tax dollars. Cabinet Secretaries are also advisers and are confirmed by the Senate(under Constitutional authority). These czars are more or less cabinet-level officials(in that they are advisers to the president on a specific subject) and have somehow circumvented the approval process without raising the ire of the Senate or the Supreme Court.
 
2009-09-15 03:29:07 PM
Isitoveryet: Once Obama has left office, we will never hear the term czar mentioned again.
I wonder why.


Yeah, since, you know, we never heard it BEFORE he was in office...
 
2009-09-15 03:29:25 PM
maybe he should appoint a czar czar to look into it.
 
2009-09-15 03:30:37 PM
12,553 paid private lobbyist in Washington pushing ideas for whoever pays them and subverting the popular will = Business as usual

Some show-horse bureaucrat with a vaguely tyrannical name but no real power to speak of = OMG!!!
 
2009-09-15 03:32:09 PM
He should definitely start calling them "comrades" instead.
 
2009-09-15 03:33:18 PM
Isitoveryet: Once Obama has left office, we will never hear the term czar mentioned again.
I wonder why.


Can I borrow your crystal ball when you're done?

Thanks.
 
2009-09-15 03:33:51 PM
sweetmelissa31: He should definitely start calling them "comrades" instead.

or Mullahs.
 
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