Monday, September 7, 2009

Van Jones Quits

As fellow Democratic Senator Robert Byrd pointed out to Politico, the appointment of Czars by the Obama White House is a dangerous precedent. Byrd views these appointments as an avoidance of constitutionally-vested power of the United States Senate to vet candidates for posts and expose them to the confirmation process.

This also creates potential problems if these Czars are placed in positions of power over cabinet officials since they are vested with authority with no constitutional method of accountability.

The Democratic President has appointed over 30 of these Czars. They are listed below. Headlines broke recently that Green Jobs Czar Van Jones has resigned amidst controversy over his past statements. These statements involved racial issues, shootings and a host of other issues. Others were more of the insult variety.

It was also revealed that Jones was a “Truther,” signing a petition with others that believed 9/11 was an inside job.

Jones was also a supporter of Philadelphia-area convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. In his position as an “Organizer,” he put together a protest rally in Oakland in support of Abu-Jamal.

This closes an embarrassing episode for President Obama. Perhaps he should reconsider the Czar approach to governance. Those confirmation hearings that he is avoiding certainly would have vetted Jones and likely stalled his appointment to any position of power in the administration.

President Obama’s Czar Appointments so far:

Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke

AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley

Auto recovery Czar: Ed Montgomery

Border Czar: Alan Bersin

California Water Czar: David J. Hayes

Car Czar: Ron Bloom

Central Region Czar: Dennis Ross

Domestic Violence Czar: Lynn Rosenthal

Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske

Economic Czar: Paul Volcker

Energy and Environment Czar: Carol Brower

Faith-Based Czar: Joshua DuBois

Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis

Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones

Guantanamo Closure Czar: Daniel Fried

Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle

Information Czar: Vivek Kundra

International Climate Czar: Todd Stern

Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair

Mideast Peace Czar: George Mitchell

Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg

Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein

Science Czar: John Holdren

Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney

Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration

TARP Czar: Herb Allison

Terrorism Czar: John Brennan

Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra

Urban Affairs Czar: Adolfo Carrion Jr.

Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter

WMD Policy Czar: Gary Samore

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