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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Kapact's Rant: The Executive Czar

I used to think that 'our friends on the left' just had a different idea of how best to take our country into the future, and in fact, in the eighties, I think they did. Oh, they were desperately wrong even then, but we all lived in the same country, and we all believed that the bedrocks of our country, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, were important and inviolable. They meant something, and even though we disagreed on how best to support and defend the Constitution, we all loved and respected it. Those were the good old days.

Now we have an administration that treats the Constitution like an old novel. Quaint, interesting. Certainly worthy of study, (Mister Obama did study constitutional law), but not really practical. Not relevant. Maybe they think it's due a reboot. Witness the plague of un-elected, un-confirmed and un-answerable czars that Mister Obama has visited upon us. They are now dictating how companies can compensate executives. While I understand that since the government is in the business of bailing out (swallowing up, or 'Chavezing') private businesses, the case could be made for dictating how they spend the investor's money. Except that the czar making the decision was not elected by the taxpayers who actually supplied the money. Nor was he confirmed by the senate. So we have a crony. A bit of an appointed cossack who decides how much someone in a now state-run business can be compensated. I suppose when you put it like that, well, it doesn't necessarily sound better, but at least it sounds familiar. It almost makes sense. If you're in the Kremlin, and your last name is Putin. Or Stalin.

But that's just the start. Next, Mister Obama is going to grant himself the power to break up large companies that he deems are 'too powerful'. See, that line about governments "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed", well, that was okay for the Founding Fathers, (just like the Second Ammendment might have meant something back then, but not now), but hey, this is the 21st century. Fortunately, we seem to have a 'progressive' executive czar who seems to derive his power from the just consent of... himself.

Mister executive czar Obama may belong to the same esteemed club as Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat, but the difference is that they are either dead or irrelevant. Mister Obama still has a few years to warp the country to his 'progressive' model.

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