Skip to comments.Obama Proposes New Czar
Posted on 09/19/2011 4:51:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
As the Obama agenda proves increasingly impotent, Americans have witnessed Obama's czars crash and burn or run for cover over the past thirty months. From Van Jones to Kevin Jennings to Nancy-Ann DeParle to Todd Stern to Ron Bloom, Obama's style of management--bypassing the senate-confirmed agency heads--has failed to yield the results promised to the American people. You would think Obama would give up on the failed idea of using a curious collection of White House czars to manage complex economic and regulatory issues. No way.
Instead, in the American Jobs Act, Obama is proposing a new group of czars as a part of his "jobs" act-- the American Infrastructure Financing Authority (AIFA) czars. President Obama’s newest czars will be given the authority to manage over a trillion dollars of federal funding for roads, bridges, buildings, waterways, dams and other infrastructure.
Here we go again. No doubt, Obama hopes that few legislators or American citizens will read the deadly details buried within the 199 pages of his proposed American Jobs Act that will establish this latest czar-ship, nor understand just how expensive AIFA is going to be.
As with Obama’s other czars, the AIFA czar comes with infrastructure requirements of his own: staff, office space and technology needed to perform the job. Managing what is in reality a trillion dollar budget is going to require a huge new staff that will, essentially represent an entire new federal agency. Of course, nowhere does President Obama tell us why a new czar is required to manage infrastructure projects. More importantly, Obama does not explain why the vast federal bureaucracy now responsible for these activities must be bypassed and a new, redundant agency is built.
Make no mistake: the AIFA Czar position is redundant. All of the infrastructure projects and tasks identified to be performed by Obama’s new Czar are already the responsibilities of the Senate-confirmed heads of Department of Transportation, the U.S. General Services Administration and the Department of Energy.
Some of these tasks are:
· Highways or roads.
· Mass transit.
· Inland waterways.
· Commercial ports.
· Air traffic control systems.
· Passenger rail, including high-speed rail.
· Freight rail systems.
· Waterwaste treatment facilities.
· Storm water management systems.
· Solid waste disposal facilities.
· Drinking water treatment facilities.
· Open space management systems.
· Pollution reduced energy generation.
· Transmission and distribution.
· Energy efficiency enhancements for buildings, including public and commercial buildings.
What does Obama's decision to create a new agency entity with redundant responsibilities say about his confidence in his own Senate-confirmed appointees that currently lead DoT, DoI,DoE and GSA? And just why is the President proposing to transfer all of the power and contractual authority held by the Secretaries of DoT, DoI, DoE, and the Administrator of GSA to a new White House Czar?
If the President is voting no-confidence in his Senate confirmed appointees, then they should go. But the nation should not have to spend precious taxpayer dollars on yet another, flaky, Obama Administration scheme to create a new White House Czar that is simultaneously able avoid traditional accountability to the American taxpayer, while at the same time seriously politicizing decisions under White House control at a scale never seen before.
We've seen how the president's czars respond to oversight from Congress. When Congress calls with questions and concerns, the White House staffer often hides behind the protection of Executive Privilege. And, the agency head, confirmed by the Senate, is held responsible. Agency heads and Cabinet officials must venture to the Hill and be accountable to Congress. Yet, the actual policy for that program has often been managed by one of the ubiquitous White House czars.
Obama has created yet another accountability challenge. In addition to their ability to hold positions on other Boards of both for-profit and non-profit corporations, AIFA not only has a Czar but also a 7-member Board of Directors, all with decision-making ability. Often, when decision-making responsibility is divided among so many, accountability is reduced and the president can hide behind the skirts of a handpicked group of loyalists. AIFA would essentially be a vastly more powerful NLRB complete with all of the known problems and dangers of a grasping group of unaccountable political cronies.
When problems arise, a finger-pointing frenzy often ensues and the American taxpayer is left holding the bag. Of course, you have to admire Obama’s scheme, as noted in section 346 (on page 116), that offers token reports and evaluation of the success/failure of the Czar and Committee’s spending decision some four years after implementation. In this way, the final report card will only be issued long after all Obama devotees are out of office.
And what about the dedicated, trained, career employees at DoT, DoI, DoE and GSA who have been performing the tasks of contracting, construction proposal and prospectus review and development, government legal review of contracts and leases and repairs and maintenance?
These career professionals possess some of the best technical minds in their respective areas of expertise. The current system is mostly transparent. And, it is only when the White House applies political pressure that these things go badly wrong (Solyndra anyone?).
Instead of respecting and utilizing the expertise of these career professionals, Obama has proposed a system wherein they become pawns to political posturing and every infrastructure decision has the potential to become politicized.
Just at a time when our nation should be talking about cutting costs, Obama has put in motion the wheel of a phantasmagorically, bloated, spending project, that increases, phenomenally, the size of government, duplicates existing governmental functions, escapes honest accountability, all while subordinating all contracting, development, and infrastructure programs to a new White House Czar.
This would be worrisome if there was any chance of this passing, but I hope even this Congress is smarter than that.
Obama looking for more jobs for more of his friends.
Everyone ELSE’S fingerprints on this FUBAR Presidency except his own!!!
Only a fool would vote for Obama’s “Jobs” bill. We need to make ourselves heard by several in D.C.
“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
No, this is what a normal, American president would do; this one does exactly the opposite.
Obama The Destroyer.
The candidate that promises to fire all of the czar’s Obama has invented, will win.
Why does Congress allow this guy to remain as Present?
Two basic reasons: 1. He's incompetent. 2. He's a spiteful man who erroneously believes that all those who live in poverty on the South Side of Chicago do so because of the success of others, not because of any personal responsibility they and/or their community leaders might bare.
In his misguided and clearly closed and uninformed mind he sees the Presidency as his way of punishing all those in America he's learned to hate, teaching America humility, and redistributing wealth. He's driven by this ideology and doesn't want some bureaucrats to get in the way of his agenda. The more he worries about being a one term President, the more radical will be his approaches to achieve his agenda.
Obama’s style of management—bypassing the senate-confirmed agency heads—has failed to yield the results promised to the American people.
What Obama needs now is a “Czar Czar” to coordinate the efforts of all his (20+?) czars.
One more scheme to launder away what finances we do still have.
More Soviet style central planning to manage his slush fund.
Pray for America
Adding millions to the deficit [and then claiming he's created a few thousand more jobs - paid for by the already overburdened tax payers)]
I think he's destroying the worlds economy on purpose. No one could do all this damage by accident.
You left out the word ‘bankrupt’ before slush fund.
Socialism is the prelude to communism. It allows the camels head into the tent. It all goes down hill from there.
No way in He11.
The white house is now a bunker and the pronouncements are like those of Hitler during the final days.
As the artillery shells explode all around, pronouncements are issued to phantom units. There is no communication back but rather than acknowledge the unit is gone, there is rage against the commander who refuses to reply.
It’s called a dictator.
You've got the definitions a bit mixed up there.
concerned about politics wrote:
Citizens own and control businesses = Capitalism.
Citizens own, but government controls businesses = Socialism.
Government owns and controls businesses = Communism.
Citizens own and control businesses = Capitalism.
Citizens own, but government controls businesses =
Government owns and controls businesses = Socialism or Communism.
‘we are going to Socialize, errrrrrr we are going to run your oil companies’ Maxine Waters.
They clearly announced their intentions. If we had an independent Media, O B A M A wouldn’t have been elected.
Wants to be? He is on his way
How do you get someone in such a large group of Bolsheviks to volunteer to be a czar?
DumBO’s idea of management is to double down on bad ideas.
“And just why is the President proposing to transfer all of the power and contractual authority held by the Secretaries of DoT, DoI, DoE, and the Administrator of GSA to a new White House Czar?”
Remember his ‘just as well funded and just as well equipped’ private army proposal?
We’re seeing someone who is trying to be the next Fuhrer.
Once again Obama is wishing on a Tsar.
Because to oppose him is racist.
Tie this man’s hands before he can spen a single dime more of our money!
Our cry should be: Not one dime for czars!
I think if we look at recent headlines, we can draw the dots to what he believes he can run on. Recently articles have appeared which state things like Gaitner did not follow der leaders demands regarding banks; some of his top aides did not give him accurate advice; and when something gets close to him, he tosses someone under the bus (Holder Next or will it be the Energy guy?). So, with so many Czars, he can now blame them for failure. This from a guy who took how long to meet with his cabinet, you know, those who were senate confirmed? He is running the government like he ran the Harvard Law Review. According to some comments by those there, we never saw him, he just showed up from time to time and did nothing. How many present votes in the state legislature?
This guy is a turkey and if the press had not totally supported him from his Senate days, he would be cleaning the cages at the local zoo rather than being in his present affirmative action job.
Obama = Der FUBAR
A better question is where are Brutus and Cassius when they are needed?
More communists......that’ll work!
You called dahlink?
Ah yes, Obama’s advisors have proven themselves very adept at spending tax payer money on special projects like solar energy companies.
And check out what the Department of Labor is about to do:
“You need to act before Wednesday. At a time when the Obama Administration is clamoring to save or create jobs, his Department of Labor is about to sucker punch Americas job creators with an unprecedented regulatory overreachall to curry more favor with union bosses.
On Wednesday, the public comment period will be closing on a Department of Labor proposal that the majority of America knows nothing about and even fewer understand.
If enacted as drafted, the union cronies within the Department of Labor will require every private-sector employer and service provider (whether or not they ever talk directly to employees) to file financial statements with the Obama Labor Department if the service providers services indirectly affect employees choice to unionize or not.”
We need to be even MORE vigilant in this last year of an Obama administration.
This is nothing more than a slush fund that completely bypasses Congress and any attempt to make sure these projects are even viable in the first place.
Letting an unelected “Czar” disburse money like this is completely un-Constitutional in my view, and I don’t see any Congress Critter from either House or either Party, especially those running for reelection in 2012, getting onboard with this idea and handing some Czar a blank check.
So that means this whole idea is DOA before Premier Hussein even reads his latest speech.
This idiot is like a rat, lost in a maze. He keeps turning around and going back the way he came; only to hit the wall again. According to Einstein, he’s insane.
e’s a turkey alright.
He also prefers to command and have it be done without hesitation regardless of whether or not his command is legal within the limits of defined power.
Look at how many ‘under the radar’ things he’s done.
I was just thinking....I want to be Czar for Czars.
I read the article. GOOD NIGHT!!! This is major!
” We need to be even MORE vigilant in this last year of an Obama administration.”
The last gasp of a dying Socialist dynasty
“This is major!”
Yes, I think it could be. What all the radicals in the Obama administration are doing behind the scenes is quite far-reaching. From the article:
“Here are the types of vendors (and the employers that hire them or purchase goods from them) who will likely be caught up in the DOLs new proposed rules:
Writers (or authors) who may write a website, publication, sell a book, or other material that may promote a positive employee relations culture, thereby dissuading employees from unionizing
Website designers who may be contracted to design and build a website to be used for internal communications with employees
Consultants who coach management on how to structure and effectively manage employee teams
Employee engagement consultants who help companies and employees with positive employee relations
Productivity consultants who design and implement quality, or any other type of teams that may give employees a voice in the success of their companies products
Safety consultants who help establish safety committees that give employees the ability to voice safety concerns to their employer to resolve safety issues
Human resources consultants that design, write, or implement employee handbooks or policies
Compensation and benefit consultants who design and administer any type of benefit, pay or incentive plans for companies
Consultants who conduct surveys to determine employee satisfaction at their jobs”
“And check out what the Department of Labor is about to do...”
Is there a thread about this? There should be! Could you start a thread if there isn’t one yet? Word of this needs to get out.
This is going to hurt small businesses very seriously. Any staff training or any activity with the purpose of improving employee morale could put the business owner in jail unless they disclose their income to the public.
Yes, I read that and I’m still in shock.
I have been working toward starting my own business. I know website development and I have quite a few ideas.
I want to build up and encourage my future employees. One thing that I want to do is to teach them to go farther, and be more successful than just working for me. It would bring me great joy to see employees of mine go on to start their own businesses!
Now, because of this, apparently I won’t be able to do anything to train my workers once I have them. It would be construed as making the workplace better.
Can you imagine, the audacity of making a workplace better... a crime!
“The white house is now a bunker and the pronouncements are like those of Hitler during the final days.
As the artillery shells explode all around, pronouncements are issued to phantom units. There is no communication back but rather than acknowledge the unit is gone, there is rage against the commander who refuses to reply.”
I really liked your post, and the analogy. If the white house really is in it’s final days (15 months to go), who exactly are the commanders to whom it is issuing what pronouncements?
Best I can come up with, is the pronouncement is the “jobs plan” and the commanders is the Supercommittee. I think the supercommittee will reply, in due time, and the reply will be some sort of compromise that will further enrage the white house and leave the people disatisfied as well.
A shadow government-—plain & simple.
People we never meet- never vote for-never see getting vetted in front of Congress- with a staff & expenses we never find out about are running the USA.
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