Archive for July, 2015

15
Jul

Any Accountability For Obama’s Czars?

   Posted by: Interceder    in Consider This, Government Spending

Have we heard one word about Obama’s czars since he enthroned them. Has ANY body done a check on what they are, and have been, doing?

Over the course of the last EIGHT (8) years we have paid out MILLIONS of dollars, per year, in salaries to these bureaucrats. However, despite the controversy at the time, if you do some checking, there has not been mention of them since 2008. One piece of information at that time was an article at Investigating Obama. It says:

Quote:

The Compleat* List of Czars
in American Daughter, by Nancy Matthis

Bypassing the authority of Congress, Barack Obama rules through czars — the beginnings of dictatorship:

  1. Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) czar, Richard Holbrooke
  2. AIDS czar, Jeffrey Crowley [openly gay white man]
  3. Auto recovery czar, Ed Montgomery
  4. Behavioral science czar, position not yet filled
  5. Bailout czar, Herbert Allison Jr., [replaced Bush bailout czar Neel Kashkari, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability confirmed by Senate]
  6. Border czar, Alan Bersin
  7. Car czar, Ron Bloom [Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury , under Senate oversight]
  8. Climate change czar, Todd Stern
  9. Copyright czar, not appointed yet
  10. Counterterrorism czar, John Brennan
  11. Cybersecurity czar, position will be vacant on August 21st [upon the departure of Melissa Hathaway]
  12. Disinformation czar, Linda Douglass [This is a new media buzz since our earlier list, a response by pundits to the White House request for informants: see Glenn Beck and Lew Rockwell]
  13. Domestic violence czar, Lynn Rosenthal
  14. Drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske
  15. Economic czar, Larry Summers
  16. Economic czar number two, Paul Volcker
  17. Education czar, Arne Duncan
  18. Energy czar, Carol Browner
  19. Food czar, Michael Taylor [a former Monsanto executive, or, the fox in charge of the henhouse]
  20. Government performance czar, Jeffrey Zients
  21. Great Lakes czar, Cameron Davis
  22. Green jobs czar, Van Jones [who has a communist background]
  23. Guantanamo closure czar, Daniel Fried
  24. Health czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle
  25. Infotech czar, Vivek Kundra [Shoplifted four shirts, worth $33.50 each, from J.C. Penney in 1996 (source). His last day in DC government was March 4 but on March 12 the FBI raided his office and arrested two staffers.]
  26. Intelligence czar, Dennis Blair [Director of National Intelligence, a Senate confirmed position. He is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral]
  27. Latin-American czar, Arturo Valenzuela (nominee) [although this post is referred to as a czar, he is nominatied to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and so is subject to Senate confirmation. Voting on his confirmation was delayed to clarify his position on Honduras. Watch WaPo’s Head Count to track status of confirmation.]
  28. Mideast peace czar, George Mitchell
  29. Mideast policy czar, Dennis Ross
  30. Pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg
  31. Regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein
  32. Religion czar, aka God czar Joshua DuBois
  33. Safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings [appointed to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, a newly created post (that does not require Senate confirmation); openly gay founder of an organization dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools]
  34. Science czar, John Holdren
  35. Stimulus oversight czar, Earl Devaney
  36. Sudan czar, J. Scott Gration
  37. TARP czar, Elizabeth Warren [chair of the [Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Assets Relief Program; note that Herb Allison is frequently called the TARP czar]
  38. Technology czar, Aneesh Chopra
  39. Trade czar, Ron Kirk
  40. Urban affairs czar, Adolfo Carrion
  41. War czar, Douglas Lute [retained from Bush administration, married to Jane Holl Lute, currently a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security]
  42. Water czar, David J. Hayes [a Deputy Interior Secretary and therefore subject to Senate oversight]
  43. Weapons czar, Ashton Carter [actually Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and so subject to Senate confirmation]
  44. Weapons of mass destruction czar, Gary Samore

Positions being planned:

  1. Income redistribution czar

  2. Land-use czar

  3. Mortgage czar, formally “consumer financial protection czar” (source)

  4. Radio-internet fairness czar

  5. Student loan czar, to oversee a program of mandatory service in return for college money (source)

  6. Voter list czar

  7. Zoning czar

End Quote

Does America know how many czars Obama has in place? Does anyone know how much money we are paying out to them? Does anyone know how much money we are paying out as a result of their bureaucracy?  Does anybody care?

Unfortunately, we have done too little and it is too late to deal with the graft of the Obama administration. Where will we go from here?

When will America realize the cost of government and decide to do something about it?



13
Jul

The Failure of the Death Penalty

   Posted by: Interceder    in Interceder's Thoughts

There was an article in June 5, 2015 Time Magazine on “Execution In America.”

A quote from David J. Burge, Georgia Republican Party, stated “Capital punishment runs counter to core conservative principles of life, fiscal responsibility and limited government.”

It seems this fellow is another of the Republican Party elite who are completely out of touch with all the aspects of “conservative.” The principle of life is that it is precious. The death penalty is a judgement which is determined with a great deal of consternation. This penalty is usually a result of conviction when an individual has deprived someone of their life, these are murderers. When this penalty is declared, it should be administered. 

The argument that the death penalty is fiscally untenable is a lie which should have been dealt with a long time ago. The death penalty is excessively costly because of the corrupt judicial system  Individuals are on death row for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years and longer due to unreasonable delays and appeals. Guess what, keeping people on death row for decades is expensive. Fix the appeals process and the expense issue is resolved. However, politicians prefer any type of delay rather than putting an end to waste. 

Contradictory to Burge’s statement, the constant delays in implementing the death sentence result in bigger government, not limited government. More guards, more bureaucrats, equals more government and more expense. The Time Magazine article the Death Row Population is 3,019. That means there are 3,019 individuals we are baby sitting, at substantial daily expense, in the name of political correctness.

The article also discusses the lack of support for the death penalty. There is little doubt that statistic is a result of all the waste and lies perpetuated on the American people in respect to this issue. There is unending media hype on “botched” and “bungled” executions. Maybe the problem to be addressed is that the media and political correctness has not only caused excessive cost but also has made the process entirely too complicated. The term “cruel and unusual” punishment has become a mantra for those whose goal is to abolish a legitimate, judicial penalty. Beheading could truly be construed as “cruel and unusual” and it happens with regularity in the Mid-East. However, the media mentions these atrocities for the intrigue, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a condemnation. 

It really does not seem that David Burge is truly speaking for the true conservatives. When will America decide the Republican establishment has bastardized the party and the leadership needs a total overhaul because they do not want what true conservatives are seeking.



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