The Rise Of Czardom

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 3, 2009

My latest column for the New Ledger focuses on the penchant for czars in the Obama Administration:

I suppose the fact that the Obama Administration has created more czars than have the Russians is good for a laugh or sixteen, but in fact, surpassing the number of czars the Russians have had is a source for deep concern. It is easy enough to look at the expansion of czardom as an expansion of big government–which quite frankly, should be enough to worry us. But the Imperial Russian gloss on the Imperial Obama Presidency is bad news for another reason: It constitutes a circumvention–and therefore, a violation–of the Constitutional process.

Read it all. Notably, the response to the critique of the Administration’s over-reliance on czars appears to be (a) some of them were subject to Senate confirmation; and (b) George W. Bush used czars too. I would have thought that at the very least, defenders of the Administration would shy away from the second defense, but desperate times may well call for desperate measures.

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