Oct 7, 2009

Criticism of Obama’s Czars deepens

The controversy over appointed officials within the Obama administration who have not undergone Senate confirmation -- so called czars -- has long been criticized by conservatives.

Now the subject is beginning to receive close scrutiny by Democrats on Capitol Hill as Senators dedicated a hearing to the topic of czars on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

A hearing was headed by Senator Feingold took place in the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution.

While past presidents have had czars, President Obama is facing particular criticism because of the high number of such appointees in his administration.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama is among those in Congress who have voiced disapproval.

“They are unelected, un-vetted, and unaccountable,” Sessions said in response to the hearing today. “They include individuals with extremist views and records—such as Van Jones, John Holdren, and Kevin Jennings—all of whom were installed in high government offices without having to face scrutiny before Congress or the American people.”

Don’t look for representatives of the White House to testify about the czars because they already know that some of their powers violate the Constitution and federal laws.

One critic said the Obama administration has all those czars working feverishly behind the scenes. Like wormy parasites, cranking out voluminous new insidious rules and regulations, eating at the freedoms and fabric of American society.

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