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Czars, constitutional or not?

Reporting from Washington - Five constitutional experts testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday that President Obama's extensive use of policy "czars" is legal -- as long as the officials do not overstep their authority.

In a city where power is carefully hoarded and monitored, Obama has drawn complaints from Congress about his use of these so-called czars, officials he has appointed to coordinate environmental, health and other policy areas among various departments.

Lawmakers in both parties have sent letters to the White House saying the officials' appointment circumvents Congress' authority to confirm top executive branch officials and subject them to oversight hearings.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:10 PM on Oct. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-czars7-2009oct07,0,3535667.story?track=rss

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    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:11 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • I'm not an expert. I sure as heck don't like so many. It teeters on the brink and you know someones going to overstep their bounds. Plus, where the heck is the money for their salaries coming from? If the bush admin wrote the omnibus and that's why Obama didn't line by line it like he said he would? Where in Sam heck is their paycheck coming from?
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:40 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • use of policy "czars" is legal -- as long as the officials do not overstep their authority.


    And who, prey tell, will determine when they "overstep their authority"?  Obama?  Since they are to report directly to him?  Yeah, I really trust that they will stay in line.  What-evah!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Answered at 5:41 PM on Oct. 6, 2009 by: Anonymous And who, prey tell, will determine when they "overstep their authority"? Obama?


    No. Issues of constitutionality are matters for the U.S. Supreme Court.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:50 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Sweets I've never seen this as an issue of constitutionality. These people that have not been confirmed are in relatively minor positions in the Administration. They are associates of people who HAVE been confirmed. So unless we are going to start requiring a confirmation hearing for EVERY single person who works in or with the administration, then I don't see a valid claim here.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:53 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Oh gosh :gasp: how shocking! lol


    Just let this turd go ahead and do whatever the hell he wants..imo Pelosi and other old hacks in congress are doing more of running the show then he is anyway ..and yet alot of dems even loathe her..but ohwell they keep putting her old arse in there...
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:55 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • I wouldnt trust any president with this many damn czars its overkill and it stinks something rotten
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:56 PM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • There is no Constitutionality issue with czars that simply serve as advisors. The problem with some of the czars in this administration is that they are writing policy. This is unconstitutional because it sidesteps the system of checks and balances.

    ***you can google up info on the czars writing policy and legislation. It isn't hard to find.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:33 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • No. Issues of constitutionality are matters for the U.S. Supreme Court.


    This is totally untrue. Issues of constitutionality are the responsiblity of every American. The SCOTUS is simply the last stop for individual cases. There have been many issues of constitutionality that have never made it to or simply not been taken up by the court.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:37 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

  • I'm still learning so can't make that call but find it interesting that so few protested about Reagan, Daddy, Clinton and Dubyas czars.


    I've seen many protest things Obama is doing that is simply par for the course, at least for the last 30 years. Makes one wonder why it bothers them now but didn;t before.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 1:45 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

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