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The Obama Culture of Corruption won't be the same without her. But the question is: While lying, eco-radical czar Carol Browner may be stepping down (Politico has the scoop), does it really mean she's stepping out of the inner circle? Word has it she may have lost out to health care czar Nancy DeParle for... Read More
The issue of the federal government's exploding cadre of un-appointed, unconfirmed mandarins has festered since the nascent days of the Obama administration -- and I remind you that opposition to Obama's czar fetish was, ahem, bipartisan. Flashback September 2009: Doubts about “czarism” were expressed long before the Jones dust-up by [the late] Democratic Sen. Robert... Read More
Let's briefly review the Obama administration's unprecedented transparency record: *Loophole-ridden, special interest-pandering DISCLOSE Act *Backdoor kickbacks *Secret Big Labor deals *C-SPAN camera evasion *Disclosure-ducking coffeehouse meetings *Sunlight-shirking holiday and midnight floor votes *Behind-the-scenes recess appointments That's for starters. And now, the White House is set to hold a new round of backdoor meetings with recess... Read More
I've been covering Loathsome Cowboy/job-killer Ken Salazar's ongoing corruption of science and environmental policy at the Interior Department for you extensively here. He has largely escaped mainstream scrutiny. But with a new House GOP majority and independent watch dogs on his tail, he may finally get the lasting ass-kicking he deserves. As you'll recall, Salazar... Read More
"Special adviser" is the new czar. Facing stiff opposition and pointed questions about the left-wing, anti-business advocate that he wanted to nominate as chairman of the new federal consumer financial protection bureau, President Obama once again circumvented the Senate' constitutional advice and consent role and installed Elizabeth Warren with a wave of his hand: According... Read More
The Obamacare Inquisitions: A Brief, Brutish History by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is just the latest creepy keeper of the Obamacare enemies list. The White House has been keeping tabs on individual and corporate critics of the federal health care takeover for more than a year.... Read More
In his widely-panned, bloodless Oval Office address Tuesday night (did I call this last month or what!?), President Obama tapped his Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as the new oil spill recovery czar. Doesn't he have enough to do leading the Navy? More to the point, as my latest column below points out, don't we have... Read More
The Blog Prof has video of former green jobs czar/Valerie Jarrett's favorite left-wing radical Van Jones hailing Michigan Democrat governor Jennifer Granholm's abysmal clean energy economy. Watch here and consider the record of the governor Jones praises as a "gold standard" in leadership:
"Food fight."
Out with the old... And in with the new... Partial transcript of Van Jones' remarks to students at Philip Exeter Academy in NH yesterday: JONES: It's just a food fight all the time...'I'm right and you're wrong.' We gotta have a different approach. And it's gotta be okay to believe in different parties. But at... Read More
A Columbia U. alum sends along info about a Van Jones performance at the business school next week. If you are a current student or alum and can get to the event, be sure to RSVP and let us know what he's up to: The Green Collar Economy: /A discussion with Van Jones, President Obama’s... Read More
The Obama administration's eco-crats -- who have had free reign in their war on carbon -- are now getting push back from...Democrats. It's about time: Three House Democrats are now pushing legislation that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating carbon emissions—a decision the agency announced in December -- without express permission from... Read More
My column takes a look at a trio of under-reported stories of 2009. It was hard to pick just three, of course. FoxNews.com has its own list here. What's on your list? Related end-of-year notes: A few of my Cone of Shame 2009 awards. *** Under-reported stories of 2009 by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright... Read More
The White House has named yet another unaccountable appointee to oversee information technology. We already have shady Vivek Kundra as Federal Chief Information Officer. Then we have Aneesh Chopra as US Chief Technology Officer. Now, meet the new Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt: Here’s the full-text of the announcement email sent to the White House email... Read More
Just in time for Christmas, pay czar Kenneth Feinberg has clamped down on the salaries of midlevel employees at bailed-out companies. But the broader targets are not just bailed-out firms, of course. The power-grabby pay czar wants his limits to be adopted industry-wide. Bah-humbug, via MarketWatch: The Obama administration's pay czar announced on Friday new... Read More
Eco-czars of the Obama administration, activate! Form of...a corrupted "scientific" finding on greenhouse gas "public endangerment." Timed for maximum impact on the Copenhagen global warming treaty talks, the Obama EPA is set to announce that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, paving the way for the green bureaucrats to radically regulate emissions. Keeping an... Read More
Graph via Steve McIntyre My syndicated column today looks at the global warming cultists in the Obama administration who are working overtime to paper over the ClimateGate scandal. Yesterday, Phil Jones, the head of the U.K.’s Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia stepped aside while the university investigates. Penn State prof Michael... Read More
Here's the e-mail of the day, from a beleaguered federal employee at the Commerce Department. Thanks to the e-mailer for giving us a revealing glimpse into the bowels of the spam-happy, appointee-overrun Obama bureaucracy. Michelle, I work for the Department of Commerce as a federal employee...and am getting rather fed up with what I have... Read More
A panel of constitutional scholars told the Senate that lawmakers can't really do anything about Team Obama's massive proliferation of unaccountable appointees with unlimited authority -- until they get caught exceeding their assigned powers. Which, of course, we know so little about because the White House has kept so many czar budgets and staffing out... Read More
The push for czar accountability -- a major theme of Culture of Corruption -- continues. In the Senate, GOP Sen. Susan Collins yesterday proposed an amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill that would restrict federal funds of at least 18 appointed Obama czars. There are currently four co-sponsors. You can see the amendment text here.... Read More
Who said it? President Obama's manufacturing czar, Ron Bloom -- just one of the Democratic Socialists of America-tied radicals spotlighted in Trevor Loudon's latest dossier.
All the President's "Point People."
Just wanted to make sure you and all the other citizen czar-watchers out there were aware that President Obama has a new euphemism for his czars. He tested it out yesterday during his AFL-CIO speech: "Point person." Got it? He's referring, of course, to union hatchet man-turned auto czar-turned manufacturing czar Ron Bloom -- the... Read More
Barack Obama has always been a protectionist double-dealer. During the campaign season, he attacked John McCain for driving foreign cars. Never mind that among the 18 members of Obama's auto task force and their staff, only two own American vehicles. He also unveiled a "Buy American" logo to attack McCain as a hypocrite for embracing... Read More
Aw, Van Jones has a new fan club. Via The Hill:
Here's last night's 57-40 Senate roll call vote on the confirmation of Cass Sunstein to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget aka "Regulatory Czar." Six Republicans voted yes-- Bennett, Collins, Hatch, Lugar, Snowe, and Voinovich. Five Democrats voted no -- Begich, Lincoln, Nelson, Pryor, Webb. Independent... Read More
Washington is waking up. Via the Tulsa World, Democrat Rep. Dan Boren wants the removal of all czars who have evaded the confirmation process -- also expresses his opposition to Cass Sunstein, Obama's regulatory czar nominee (who is subject to confirmation hearings): U.S. Rep. Dan Boren said Congress should use the power of the purse... Read More
President Obama's payoffs to Big Labor continue. The union bosses got not one, but two, Cabinet appointees: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Former SEIU chief lobbyist and Soros-funded operative Patrick Gaspard is White House Director of Political Affairs. SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger serves on the President’s Economic Recovery... Read More
Scroll down for updates... Bay Area Marxist/Truther/Mumia-supporting race hustler-turned-environmental justice guru Van Jones has resigned from his post as Barack Obama's green jobs czar. In classic Team Obama style, Jones blames an orchestrated "campaign" of "lies and distortions to distract and divide." Get ready for the coming media/left-wing martyrdom of Jones. Never mind his own... Read More
The GOP is finally waking up on Obama czardom. I've mentioned GOP House Rep. Jack Kingston's bill on Czar Reform and Accountability before. Today, GOP Sen. Kit Bond called for congressional oversight on nutball green jobs czar Van Jones: U.S. Senator Kit Bond, ranking member of the Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee of... Read More
"I got to know him really well."
GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman gushed with praise for Truther/Marxist/race-hustler Van Jones and his "climate change" work in May: She met him at a liberal Aspen Institute event. "I got to know him really well. A lot of the work he's doing to enfranchise broader communities. I'm a big fan of...I'm a huge fan of... Read More
Scroll for updates... Indefatigable blogger Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit dug up the 9/11 Truther record of Green Jobs czar Van Jones -- and his research spread across talk radio, the Internet, and to the Glenn Beck show tonight. (Update: Hoft reports that Jones's Truther proclivities were showing back in 2002). A slew of bloggers,... Read More
My column last week on Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg spotlighted his declaration of authority to retroactively "claw back" CEO compensation packages offered by TARP recipients that he deemed "excessive." Reuters reports today that His Highness the Special Master of Compensation himself has raked in some hefty compensation packages: The article quotes experts who express hopes... Read More
"Anything is possible."
What is pay czar Kenneth Feinberg up to these days? He's claiming broad, unlimited power to retroactively "claw back" executive compensation paid to employees of TARP recipients. Open sky. L'czar c'est moi. Via Reuters, here are the details of the confiscatory special master's new designs: Kenneth Feinberg, the Obama administration's pay czar, said on Sunday... Read More
Dissent must not be tolerated. Jeff Poor reports on the left-wing boycott of Glenn Beck's advertisers here. Matthew Vadum connects the dots to Obama's Green Czar, Van Jones, co-founder of Color of Change. Erick Erickson launches a counter-boycott. Michelle Oddis reports on the Hollywood ties. A reader e-mails a link to a Support Glenn Beck... Read More
White House spokesman Bobby Gibbs says not to worry. The health care czar isn't going to do anything nefarious with the info gathered by the Internet Snitch Brigade. Uh-huh. The Obama bully boys are just going to use it for a scrapbooking project. No biggie. My column today gives you more reasons to worry. ***... Read More
Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn sent a letter today to President Obama asking him to disband the Internet Snitch Brigade run out of the health care czar's office immediately. The Hill has the full text of the letter (read here): The Anchoress reminds us of when the Left went nuts over Bush/Cheney post-9/11 programs to... Read More
Not a joke: "LaHood calls summit on distracted driving." Because government doesn't have enough to do or undo. I smell a texting czar coming on...
I met with a group of terrific conservative House Republicans on the Hill last week to talk about Culture of Corruption. Two of the dominant themes from the book we discussed: transparency and accountability. The czar explosion continues to resonate across party lines. As I've reported, it's not just the number of czars, it's the... Read More
Chapter 5 of Culture of Corruption exposes the shadiest Obama czars. GOP Rep. Jack Kingston has been hammering at the czar explosion and put together a great overview of the overlords on YouTube. Pass this one on:
(Click here for full size) I've been reading about the federal corruption stings in New Jersey with an extra sense of fascination. Many of you know I'm a New Jersey girl. So the kind of local graft and pay-for-play schemes involved in the latest probe are nothing new. My question is -- and gee, maybe... Read More
(Click here for full size) Meet Urban Czar Adolfo Carrión, Jr. He's one of my Culture of Corruption Dirty Dozen collectibles. In conjunction with the book launch tomorrow, my friend Tennyson Hayes (whose terrific graphic art has been featured here since last spring) and I cooked up 12 trading cards featuring some of Team Obama's... Read More
Can a population control freak holding the prestigious title of "Science Czar" get away with published musings on forced abortion, mass sterilization programs, and a "planetary regime" to re-engineer society by simply stonewalling? He's trying his best. Last week, I called the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to press Science Czar John... Read More
Hmmm. Maybe the SEC investigation is catching up to car czar Steven "Chooch" Rattner. He's leaving his post to "return to private life." Reuters has the alert: Steven Rattner is leaving as the day-to-day head of the U.S. autos task force that oversaw bankruptcy at General Motors Corp and Chrysler Group, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner... Read More
I don't know about you, but the idea of anyone in Washington fuming about fine print while they ram thousand-page bills through Congress that no one bothers to read is, well, triple-snort-worthy: They're going to require companies to be "up front about their products" while they themselves continue to defy transparency, cut backroom de
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