There is no better example of why this “Czar” business is a dangerous one than what we’ve been finding out about Van Jones these past couple of weeks.
Gateway Pundit has been keeping up with the laughably but dangerously leftist and racist “Green Jobs Czar,” and it ain’t pretty. Jones is useful in that he certainly helps expose what I’ve been writing for a long time, which is that modern “environmentalism” isn’t about the environment at all.
The longer Obama holds on to Jones, the longer it’s apparent that Obama agrees with Jones’ drivel (which we already know, who are we kidding?) — tripe that is often blamed on “youthful indescretions” even though some of the stuff he said was as long ago as early this year.
One reason it’s taking so long for Obama to tell Jones to hit the road — even though Jones is damaging to Obama politically — is that there’s some serious leftist weight behind Jones, up to and including the man with the DNC checkbook, George Soros. Obama can’t just step in and fire a pet leftist without smoothing some potentially rough patches first — after all, there’s another election that needs to be funded coming up in a couple of years. Jones may end up going, but not until other guarantees have been made.
There have been calls for Jones to resign. Even the Gilligan of Liberal Island, Bob Beckel, has called for Jones to quit. But what if he doesn’t want to quit, and what if Obama not only doesn’t want to fire the man with a long track record of radical and communist ties, but wants to give him more power and control?
What if most of Obama’s Czars had similarly radical philosophies and there was no legal way to remove them (particularly because there is no legal justification for having them in the first place)? Congress can’t do anything about it, and neither can voters.
This is why this “Czar” business is dangerous and could get out of control, and by design no less. These aren’t cabinet position that are approved by Congress, and the regulatory oversight of such positions is sketchy at best.
And where does the money to pay these Czars come from? Who budgets it? Personally, especially as it concerns Van Jones, I’m uncomfortable with the idea that my taxes are going toward paying somebody to hate me.
Probably the scariest questions being asked are these: Was Comrade Jones even vetted before being hired? This is troublesome not because of the question, but because of the answer, which I believe is “abso-freakin-lutely!” How did Jones get a security clearance? Who gave it to him? Does he even have a security clearance? If he doesn’t, why not, and if he does, can a clearance for people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be far behind?
Congress needs to figure out a way to put an end to Czar-fest ’09. And even though Congress is controlled by Dems right now, they need to force themselves to remember that someday President Palin may have 30 or 40 Czars to put into place as well. If that doesn’t frighten them into taking action on this unconstitutional and extremely hazardous mess, then nothing will.
We’re headed to the stadium now for the Michigan State/Montana State game. The “Football Czar” told us it starts at noon, but that could just be a ruse.