Tuesday, February 22, 2011
By Paul Martin

By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
February 22, 2011

President Barack Obama’s arguably unconstitutional and unaccountable political appointees known as “czars” may be joining the nation’s unemployed now that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block funding for those officials — many of whom are radical leftists — he assigned to run government without congressional approval.

In all, President Obama has appointed 41 czars who have enormous power to regulate and control the American economy and government without any sort of oversight, according to Judicial Watch, a public-interest group that investigates and reports government corruption and crime.

By design, Obama’s czars answer only to him even though they manage crucial areas of national policy and that violates the constitutional system of checks and balances and its separation of powers, according to the longest serving U.S. Senator in history, the late Democrat Robert Byrd.

Before passing away last summer Byrd, a nine-term senator who twice chaired the powerful Appropriations Committee, blasted the president’s czar appointments as unconstitutional and a clear attempt to evade congressional oversight. He referred to Obama’s “czar strategy” as an unprecedented power grab centralizing authority in the White House. And he said they were dangerous.

“It is time that we end this practice by President Obama of creating a shadow government run by czars with cabinet-level powers who circumvent the accountability and scrutiny that comes with Senate confirmation required by the Constitution,” said Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA).

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