Obama’s Czars

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I’m happy that Van Jones has resigned. But we lost one czar and gained another within two days. Not only that, but Ron Bloom now has two high level advisory positions that give him a tremendous amount of power: Manufacturing Czar and Car Czar. What do we know about him?

Glenn Beck has a list of Obama’s czars on his website (posted on August 21, 2009) that contains this information for Bloom:

6. Car Czar – Ron Bloom

NOTE: on July 13, 2009, Bloom took over as head of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, replacing Steven Rattner

Title: Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council head Larry Summers
Appointed: July 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Treasury

• A leader of the White House task force overseeing auto company bailouts; worked on restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler LLC.
• Was special assistant to president of the United Steelworkers union from 1996-Feb 2009
• Has negotiated restructuring deals for more than 50 companies, getting major concessions from unions and companies.
• Was raised in New York in a pro-union family, which included a schoolteacher mother and unionized relatives.
• After working for the Service Employees International Union, got an MBA from Harvard University because he thought unions lacked business smarts, he said in a 1996 interview in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
• From 1985 to 1990, he worked as an investment banker with Lazard Freres & Co., which specializes in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, before co-founding the investment-banking firm Keilin and Bloom.

Bloom’s accomplishments seem impressive and I’ve not done any research to prove otherwise. My issue with Bloom and the other 30 plus czars is that they are not required to be vetted by the Congress or Senate. The Van Jones fiasco shows what can happen without proper vetting. If a president is going to be allowed to have czars, which to my simple mind is just a way to give pals and cronies a job, then they should be properly vetted.

Many of the czars and “special adviser’s” are holding jobs that are covered by existing Cabinet positions. The Cabinet appointees are subjected to a rigorous vetting process to assure they are qualified for the position (and do not have skeletons in the closet like Van Jones). It seems to me that the czar system is just a way to get around confirmation hearings.

I recieved a tougher background check than Van Jones before I was hired in my manufacturing job. I’m not management, I’m a worker in the factory!

Based on the example of Van Jones and the new manufacturing czar named today, it is my opinion that we the people are going to have to get on our computers and do our best to vett these men and women. We need to find out what we can about them all. Then we should send our findings to Glenn Beck, write about them in our blogs, on Face Book, and Twitter.We need to dig out the information and circulated it so other concerned citizens will know what is going on.

We have much work ahead of us. I know that we concerned citizens and patriots can do what needs to be done.


Text of Van Jones Resignation Letter

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“I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.

On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.

I have been inundated with calls – from across the political spectrum – urging me to “stay and fight.”

But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.

It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead.”