Over the last few years, President Obama has appointed various "czars" to "oversee" everything from "green jobs" to "climate change" to the auto industry and health care. These "czars" did not require Congressional approval and remain totally unaccountable to anyone but Obama. They serve at his command and in the service of his radical agenda.
Now, it seems, that Obama himself has become one of his own "czars." He told us over and over again that he intended to end-run Congress (one chamber of which is run by his own party, the Senate) with executive orders, bureaucratic activism and recess appointments.
And he has done exactly that: when the noxious cap and trade legislation passed the Democrat House but couldn't get through the Democrat Senate, Obama activated his EPA to push through the suffocating regulations he wanted. He has mobilized bureaucracies such as Health and Human Services to regulate health care out of the reach of Congress. And he's made "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau even though Congress is not in recess. Those appointments are at the very least constitutionally dubious and at the most blatantly unconstitutional. The Constitutional law lecturer strikes again. If President Bush had done any of these things, Maxine Waters and Chuck Schumer would be screaming for impeachment. Obama pulls extra-Constitutional overreach and tramples on Congressional authority, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he agrees with the president. Help yourself to my Constitutional authority, Mr. President!
Obama has become his own presidential "czar."
His other "czars" report to him. To whom does he report? We know it's certainly not to us.