Archive for the ‘ House of Czars ’ Category

Title Appointee Title Appointee
Bailout Czar Herb Allison Health Reform Czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, 2
Border Czar Alan Besrin Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg
Car Czar Ron Bloom (Rattner) Performance Czar Jeffery Zients
Climate Czar Todd Stern Regulatory Czar Cass Sustien
Cyber Czar Mellisa Hathaway Religion Czar Josusa DuBois
Domestic Violence Czar Lynn Rosenthal Science Czar John Holdren, 2, 3
Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowski Stimulus Czar Earl Devany
Economy Czar Larry Summers Tech Czar Aneesh Chopra
Energy Czar Carol Browner Terrorism Czar John Brennen
Gitmo Czar Daniel Fried Urban Czar Aldolfo Carrion
Infotec Czar Vivek Kundra WMD Czar Gary Samore
Health Care Czar Kathleen Sabelius War Czar Douglas Lute
M.E. Peace Czar George Mitchell Sudan Czar Scott Gration
M.E. Policy Czar Dennis Ross Eurasian Energy Czar Richard Morningstar
Afghanistan Czar Richard Holebrooke California Water Czar David Hayes
Aids Czar Jeff Crowley Green Jobs Czar Van Jones
Intelligence Czar Dennis Blair Great Lakes Czar Cameron Davis
Economic Czar Paul Voker Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd

Since being sworn in, President Obama has appointed as many as 34 czars to oversee and implement a wide array of his agenda ranging from the automobile industry to global warming to the Great Lakes.  With a salary of up to $172,000 in addition to staff, office and travel budgets, Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) sees the appointments as a growing problem costing taxpayers millions.

To make matters worse, Kingston says, only a very few of these czars have been confirmed by the United States Senate despite the Constitution’s requirements for Senate confirmation.  To address the matter, the Congressman has introduced legislation which would withhold funding from any czar not confirmed by the Senate.

“While the Constitution may be inconvenient to the Administration, Article II, Section 2 clearly requires the ‘advice and consent of the Senate,’” Congressman Kingston said.  “Why won’t the President use transparency and have these people come before the Senate and undergo the constitutionally-mandated process?  In 300 years, czarist Russia had just 18 czars.  It’s taken just seven months for President Obama to nearly double that number.”

While previous administrations had czars – Ronald Reagan had 1, George Bush had 1, Bill Clinton had 3 and George W. Bush had 4 – Congressman Kingston’s concern takes root in the number and speed with which they are being appointed as well as the vast policy areas they govern.

“At this rate, we’ll have 272 czars by 2012,” said Congressman Kingston.  “It seems President Obama is in the midst of forming a parallel government to push his policies.  Not only do they duplicate existing Senate-confirmed positions, they are completely unaccountable.  I serve on the Appropriations Committee which is responsible for overseeing every dollar spent by our government but I’ve yet to see a single one of Obama’s czars.”

That lack of accountability, Congressman Kingston contends, is what leads to waste.  Just last week, President Obama’s Stimulus Accountability Czar announced that the stimulus accountability website was getting an $18 million makeover.

“Eighteen million dollars to design a webpage?  Talk about stimulating the economy,” said Kingston.

For more information on Jack’s efforts on czars, please visit http://kingston.house.gov/czar

Bill HR3226 Text on Thomas (LOC)

It’s about time a representative steps up to the plate and challenges what many believe to be a violation of the constitution, at least in spirit.

We need to convince all of our representatives to support this bill with letters, emails and phone calls. We, as constituents, should note all of our representatives who end up opposing this legislation and hold them accountable for doing so. The more quickly we sweep out of office those who would seek to circumvent the constitution, the better chance we have of returning our government to the people.

Of course, I would prefer to see legislation barring czars altogether but this is a good first step toward that goal.

There are 100’s of articles on Nancy Deparle’s revolving door routine from the Federal government health care posts to directorships in the health care industry and back.  Most of the companies she help direct started ramping up their Federal government lobbying efforts in 2006.  The minimal amount of lobbying data, publicly available, indicates their lobbyists got a lot more attention from our elected officials than you or I ever will.  If you saw all the congressional bills and laws these lobbyist hound our elected officials about, you wouldn’t question why Congress never seems to get much done.  Just think, this is merely five companies’ lobby activity.  So why does it seem our country is run by Corporate Amerika.  Well, it is.  Just follow the money.  It makes you wonder if Ms. Deparle was getting paid to show these companies where the money was.  She obviously knows.  Apparently, that investment of over $25 mil., in three years, paid big dividends.

Lobby Efforts By Companies Under Nancy DeParle’s Directorship

Sources Medco Medical Solutions, Medco, Boston Scientific Corp, Davita, Cerner

Want to look at the big bucks in Deparle’s financial disclosure that was submitted when she was named czar?

Is Obama’s appointment of “health policy Czar” to progressive Nancy-Ann DeParle’s another case of an industry insider who would never have survived congressional scutiny and confirmation?  Of course it is.  Even our disfuntional and corrupt Congress would have to deny her a conformation.  Does she have a very comprehensive understanding of the ins and outs of America’s health care system.  Of course she does.  I would say she knows it too well.  She’s managed to make millions of dollars from the industry in the way of stock options and salaries from companies she has sat on the Boards of.  She’s part of Washington’s revolving door which allows federal employees to leave the government and hook up with the companies they were overseeing, and then come back to work for the federal government and oversee the companies they were working for, ad infinum.  There is so much wrong with DeParle and her conflicts of interest (quite a few), I would expect great future success of her former employers’ relationship with the federal government.

First, here are several appropriate statements and quote provided by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University School of Communication:

And the public wasn’t told that much of that corporate career was built at companies that have frequently had to defend themselves against federal investigations. After leaving government, DeParle accepted director positions at half a dozen companies suspected of violating the very laws and regulations she had enforced for Medicare. Those companies got into further trouble on her watch as a director.

“This woman owes her fortune to the corporations that she is making decisions about,” said Dr. David Himmelstein, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University and a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. “She cashed in really big on her previous role in government and made millions and millions of dollars. Then she divests and all of a sudden she’s Snow White. It’s ridiculous.”

At three companies — Guidant, DaVita and Specialty Laboratories — DeParle was not only a director but also served on board committees responsible for monitoring the companies’ compliance with laws and regulations.

Federal Government Experience

1993-97,  Associate Director for Health and Personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget

1997-2000, Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), recently renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As headed up Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.  Additional information

2002-2008, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC).
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent Congressional agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. They discuss policy issues and formulate its recommendations to the Congress.

Professional Career

JP Morgan Chase – no explanation needed
CCMP Capital Advisors – expertise in healthcare infrastructure
Accredo Health, Inc, acquired by Medco Health Solutions – provides specialized pharmacy (mail service) and related services
Triad Hospitals – ownes 115 hospitals in the U.S. Purchased by JP Morgan CCMP Capital Advisors and Goldman Sachs in 2007
Cerner – major mfg of electronic medical records software
Legacy Hospital Partners – owned by JP Morgan’s CCMP Capital Partners, privately held company established to provide essential capital and expertise to not-for-profit hospitals and hospital systems and forms joint ventures to acquire, own, operate and manage acute care facilities
Caremore Health Plan – provide focused and innovative healthcare approaches to the complex problems of aging and protect precious financial resources of seniors and the Medicare Program through innovative methods of managing chronic disease, frailty, and end of life
DaVita Corp – provider of dialysis services
Boston Scientific, Inc – develops innovative products, technologies and services across a wide range of medical specialties

To be continued

Well, it didn’t take long for the well connected, tainted, controversial, and wealthy Steve Rattner to step down as Car Czar I.  I don’t think it was an Obama issue, considering the haphazard policies and questionable appointments he’s made. I think it was the pressure from the NY State pension scandal, plus I’m sure he’s missing out on megabucks working for the government.

Rattner was accused of providing more than $1mil in unreported fees to Hank Morris, top adviser to the former NY state comptroller Alan Hevesi, to secure investments in both the state’s pension funds.  This was in collusion with the fund’s manager David Loglisci.  Aldus Equity founder Saul Meyer was also charged.  Barrett Wissman, who runs a hedge fund HFV, pleaded guilty to conspiring with the aforementioned Hank Morris.  Also named in the indictment was private equity firm Levine Leichtman.  After it played out, The Carlyle Group was fined $20mil and, of course, got away with denying any wrongdoing.  Of course, the Rattner(Quadrangle Group)-NY State pension fund association has been swept under the rug.

Even though he stepped down as a managing partner at Quadrangle Group in February 2009, the implications still lingered.  Here’s the financial disclosure he submitted when appointed by Obama.  Here are his campaign contributions for 2004-2008.

Quadrangle Group LLC is a private investment firm that invests in the global media and communications industries.  While at Quadrangle Group Rattner’s company managed Michael Bloomberg’s personal wealth and philanthropy assets.  Before founding Quadrangle, the Principals were Managing Directors at Lazard Frères & Co. LLC where Mr. Rattner was Deputy Chairman in the Media and Communications Group.  Mr. Rattner founded Lazard’s Media and Communications Group in 1989.

Seeing that he’s worth somewhere between $108-$608mil, he probably would have an easier time enjoying life without scrutiny.  Next up, Car Czar II featuring Ron Bloom, former special adviser to the president of the UAW.

Wow!  I  swear every time I think of this, I’m absolutely stupefied to think Obama so openly appointed a known socialist, Carol Browner, to the Noble Position of Energy Czar.  There’s so much wrong here, I could right a book on the wrongness of her appointment by Obama.  Being a non-supporter of political parties and their designed divisive nature and being a proponent of statesmanship, my opinions are not politically motivated.  They are based on logic, reasoning, and common sense.  Guess what, Ms. Browner’s socialistic ideology and socialist affiliations sure do not set well with whatever we have left of our, minimally, free nation.

My research led me to her profile on Socialist International.

Socialist International, an umbrella group for many of the world’s social democratic political parties such as Britain’s Labor Party, says it supports socialism and is harshly critical of U.S. policies. link

I failed to find her profile again when I looked several weeks ago, not realizing it had been scrubbed from the site.  I found a site that got a screen shot of that profile, but it also has some other comments about Wikipedia deletions.

Fox News ran a piece about the Socialist International scrubbing the site of her biographical content and background on the group.

In case your not aware she is another Clinton re-run, as she served as the chief of the EPA.  Prior to that, she was Legislative Director for the “Global Warmer” himself, Sen. Al Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.)

On her financial disclosure, which was submitted April 2009, it indicates payment of by her husband Tom Downey’s lobby firm Downey McGrath between $1.0 mil-5.0 mil. Maybe it was because the company, The Albright Group, in which she was a principal, was a client of her husband firm, huh?  Her husband lobbies the federal government on behalf of their clients such as the health care industry, media, drug store chains, etc..   Albright Group is a global strategy firm that works with client companies and organizations which, among other things, brokers deals between government and businesses.  Currently, the principals in that firm are all former Clinton appointees.  That’s rich.

Remember, the Dubai Ports World U.S. seaport deal gone bad several years back?  The lobbying firm hired to represent Dubai was Browner’s husband’s lobbying firm.  Browner, representing  The Albright Group, teamed up with her husband to convince the feds (esp. Sen. Charles Schumer) to let the deal go through.  Nice, sell our ports to Dubai.

Then I realized how her ties with Al Gore materialized after her time with the EPA and fighting global warming.  She had joined the board of the company, APX, to take advantage of this new commodity exchange program of carbon credits.  This all hooks back into the cap and trade scam, and if you want to know what carbon credits are, go here.  Amazingly enough, Al Gore in on the same gig.

Research showed this neat little scam of “Cap and Traders” had already been put in place as our new financial investment instruments of mass destruction:  trading carbon credits.  Then I saw where Al Gore owned a company called Generation Investment Management that’s all about trading these credits.  Here is Al Gore’s Partner’s (David Blood) write-up pitching the investment opportunities in trading carbon credits to increase shareholder wealth for their company and it’s very telling. 

So here it is, an in your face dictatorial move of sliding this woman under the Congressional confirmation and oversight process to become some “Energy Dictator” who will not only seek to re-distribute wealth by means of taxation of energy company and manufacturers, but turn those taxes into a form of carbon credit securities trading system in which Browner herself has helped to develop, foster, and promote.  There must be concern of the concerted effort to bring the world together under this new system of carbon credit securities/currency as supported by the U.N. and The World Bank.  It smells like another “exotic financial investment vehicles” that will be sliced and diced, packaged up, while offering counter-party risk to the insiders, and then sold off to the 401K sheeple out there.

These creators of these “franken-funds” are the same mad scientists that created all of the other “exotic financial investment vehicles of mass destruction” that attempted and have nearly destroyed our free-enterprise system in the U.S.  Our freedoms and liberties are being attacked by the same people Obama has residing in his House of Czars.

It’s really scary to now know that neither Democrat or Republican Congressional representation will not even blink an eye as this real wave of socialism to fascism is washing over the U.S. citizens.   Carol Browner appointment should worry everyone.  And the waves will keep crashing in as long as we let it.