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Czars not new

Posted: September 15, 2009 11:10 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The insane right-wing fringe is at it over the appointment of advisors termed "czars."

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has been among the most vocal and has gone even further in his attack against czars, specifically calling into question their constitutionality. Pence's attacks on czars - such as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) - is hypocritical, given the fact he voted to create the DNI in 2004.

While these psychos have continued to decry the Obama administration's use of czars, the fact remains that the appointment of special advisers is nothing new. It is indicative of the partisan nature of these attacks that the same figures decrying Obama's use of czars had nothing to say about past presidents using them.

The use of czars dates back to President Franklin Roosevelt, who appointed special advisers - referred to by the press as "czars" - to handle multiple national emergencies. Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes had czars.

Birthers, czars, socialist, Nazi, racist - these name-callers can't seem to understand the country has serious problems that need resolution, not the obstruction that is all they offer.


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