Michelle Malkin

Obama’s Super-Czar Is on the Loose

By Michelle Malkin - Friday, January 6, 2012

Here is the operating motto of the Obama White House: “So let it be written, so let it be done!” Like Yul Brynner’s Pharaoh Ramses character in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments,” the demander in chief stands with arms akimbo issuing daily edicts to his constitution-subverting minions with an imperious wave of his hand. His entourage of insatiable usurpers never rests.

Can’t delude legislators into adopting a $1.5 billion Kabuki summer-jobs makework boondoggle? Create an unfunded program through executive fiat.

Can’t muster up a filibuster-proof majority for radical nominees? Czar-ify ‘em.

Can’t get Congress to approve vast wild lands designations? Grab them under cover of a holiday lame-duck session.

Can’t get the illegal alien bailout DREAM Act passed on Capitol Hill? Executive-order it.

“So let it be written, so let it be done!”

In keeping with the dark and defiant habits of this administration, the new head of the half-billion-dollar Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was sworn in behind closed doors on Wednesday night. The nomination of former Democratic Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to serve as Dodd-Frank regulatory enforcer had been soundly defeated in the Senate before Christmas. But as I reported last month, progressive zealots funded by billionaire George Soros goaded Obama to ignore the Senate’s constitutionally grounded advice and consent role.

At his left flank’s urging, Obama vowed to follow in President Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps (TR recess-appointed 160 officials during a recess of less than one day) and install Cordray even though the Senate technically remained in pro forma session. Fresh from his Hawaii vacation, Obama returned to Washington and for once delivered on a promise.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the administration expects no retaliation for the end-run around the deliberative process. Playing the pharaoh’s helper, Carney airily dismissed widespread bipartisan questions about the legality of the power grab as “esoteric discussion.”

The GOP knew the installation of Obama’s latest super-czar was coming a month ago, but is now scrambling to respond. Republicans will get clobbered with the class warfare card again unless they forcefully counter the Democrats’ narrative of the president’s “bold” actions for “middle-class Americans.”

Obama’s liberal media supporters have rationalized the tyrannical maneuver as a response to GOP “nullification.” But it’s those who oppose common-sense reforms of the gravely flawed Dodd-Frank law — a 2,600-page monstrosity that no lawmaker read before passing it — who are obstructing good government.

As Senate Republicans have been pointing out for months, Dodd-Frank threw out judicial review, removed CFPB from the congressional appropriations process, provided five-year tenure protection for the director and transferred the agency from the Treasury Department to the opaque and unaccountable Federal Reserve.

Obama and Democratic leaders themselves recognize the recklessness of vesting so much unfettered power in a single individual. In 2009, Obama floated a bipartisan board to oversee enforcement. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Charles Schumer of New York and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island all co-sponsored legislation backing a commission. Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank was also an original sponsor of a bill creating the very kind of five-member panel Republicans have proposed.

The House passed these and other structural reforms last year, but the Senate has failed to act, and the White House insists on demagoguing reformers. Moreover, taxpayers remain in the dark about how and how much the CFPB is spending, because Dodd-Frank allows the agency to draw funds from the Federal Reserve’s operating expenses. Out of sight, out of mind.

This is not “bold.” It’s jackboot. It won’t benefit “middle-class Americans.” It’ll line lobbyist pockets, soak taxpayer dollars and fuel a Beltway rule-making bonanza. It’s not about reining in Wall Street abuses. It’s about consolidating bureaucratic authority and granting unprecedented immunity to a single super-cop from congressional and public oversight.

Where, ahem, are those Occupiers when you need them?


Michelle Malkin is a conservative blogger, columnist, regular Fox News contributor, and author of many New York Times bestselling books.

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28 Responses to “Obama’s Super-Czar Is on the Loose”

  1. Reality Seeker says:

    Exit BHO and enter Sh*tt Romney—aka Pharaoh Amenhotep II—and his GOP priesthood.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: "So let it be written, so let it be done."

    What is needed is a neo-Moses (Mises) partnered with Aaron (Ron Paul) and somebody exuding leadership like Charlton Heston, who as President of the NRA once said, "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!"

    So, what is going to happen in 2012!

    The GOP ( Gang of Priests) is going to nominate another Pharaoh who will continue to squeeze the people until everything oozes out of them and/or they rebel and rally behind a deliverer, viz. somebody like Ron or Rand Paul.

    And the lord said, "let my people go!"

    End Pharaohism!

    Paul 2012!

    • reunion says:

      "end pharaohism" points to the other, just as important, necessity…end "mosesism", too. such has never been sighted. ever. (leaving p&m framed here as opposing forces, per the traditional fairy tale, is to punctuate the point: betas, gammas, deltas & omegas must have their alphas, and they do insist, always have, likely always will…and people refer casually to being “social animals” without missing a beat – or making a connection. see “ethology”.)

      many, probably most, aren't up to even a reading of emerson's "self-reliance", let alone living it. it's available online.

      • Reality Seeker says:

        End Mosesism. Yes, I'm all for that; however, the rest of the slaves ain't ready just yet. Unfortunately, they still like to be lead by a Charlton Heston. So, if it's OK with you, then we'll take this one step at a time until we are all out of Egypt.

        Once Pharaoh is out of the picture, then we'll ask Moses to turn in his staff—even if we have to pry it out of his……hands.

        • reunion says:

          like the last time they were all out of egypt? and all the egypts analogs between then & now? there's the chink in your think, rs…….

          • Reality Seeker says:

            Yes, this time will be like the last and the next.

            I understand how history repeats; In fact, that's my point, i.e. it's repeating again.

            The better choice, I say, is Moses and not another Pharaoh; however, the best choice, of course, you and I agree, is neither. But we both know that that ain't happening anytime soon; In fact, by this time next year, reunion and all of amerika will have a new Pharaoh to admire… "So let it be written, so let it be done." lol.

          • reunion says:

            but, rs…better moses than pharaoh, in this rhyme we both see, is the good old lesser of two weevils, is it not? big weevil, or little weevil – there goes the cotton….

            the biggest problem the slaves had with yul brynner was he just didn't look like them. they wanted their "own" master…in whose image they were created, yadda cetera.

            mlm (maximum leader messiah) veni'd, vidi'd & vici'd.

            they got. they get. they're gutted.

            they like it, take turns holding each other down for the blood rites……

            "and the book says: we may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us'". ever see "magnolia"? the red mountain post has a review of it that fits this slot.

  2. novi56 says:

    While I agree with every word Ms Malkin has written here; I hope that all of you realize that this lady labors on the right (political) side of the Hegelian debate. The unwritten implication, by means of this redundant rant, is that rightiousness can only be restored when a Republican is returned to the throne. Of course nothing is further from the truth.

    As for me, I voted for the lesser of two evils for the last time in the 2004 general election. Never again. In November I'll be casting my vote for either Ron Paul, or Gary Johnson.

    Michelle; I agree with you. Obama is bad, very bad.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      I keep meaning to bring up the subject of the Hegelian dialectic. I'm glad others are aware of and focused on this tactic.

      • Reality Seeker says:

        Reply to reunion:

        The lesser of two evils in this case is really the lesser of three.

        1) Pharaoh Obama

        2) Pharaoh Romney

        3) Moses Paul

        I choose Moses Paul for the reasons which we have previously discussed. Really, if you think it through, both Pharaoh 1 & 2 are so evil that voting not at all is better than a vote for either. On the other hand, Moses Paul is a once in a lifetime anomaly. Paul is truly a much lesser of the evils, and one worth supporting in my opinion. His poll numbers in New Hamphire have risen from 16% to 22%. Think about all the lives that Paul is affecting for the better. Many will read Mises, Hayek, Rothbard and Ayn Rand because of Paul. Surely, you can see the worth in that. Such education, even if it is acquired in such an imperfect acquisition as through a lesser evil, is a means of for mankind to survive long enough to reach a new age of enlightenment.

        Goodnight, and don't let the scarab beetles bite.

        • reunion says:

          well, i'm going to have to mix some metaphors.

          1&2 above are br'er rabbits, & the state, gov, is the briar patch. as well as the two things go together, the rabbits are a rabid menace & their constantly expanding/encroaching briar patch/lair does not just prevent productive use, it's parasitic roots extend beneath everything else, stealing private property nutrient inputs.

          3 above is the virgin who, along with his admirers, wants to be sacrificed to the volcano god. it'll be a good show, fresh spectacle for many, but i've already seen it. like devotees of ‘the rocky horror picture show’ (i am not), i know all the dialog, all the action.

          thinking it all the way through, then, leads, finally, to the briar patch having its water diverted & its sun shaded – not irrigated & fertilized, as you espouse. as for volcanoes, don't live on or around them, don't deify them, offer human sacrifices to them…or try to time eruptions. mt. st. helens was very bad for a relative few; the yellowstone caldera will be much worse for many, many more…..(the ring, the pretty, otoh, is a good thing to chuck into the nearest volcano…).

          • reunion says:

            the other metaphor we’ve batted around, having to do with bovines, if cross applied to what you’re espousing, falls apart, since educating the bovines to ‘take back’ the slaughter house / packing plant is absurd…but it does point out, again, how thoroughly misconceived & mischaracterized states & govs are. there is no larger, more pernicious, “collateral damage” than this misconstrual…it is matrix-ian.

            i understand the education angle you're emphasizing. i value education. but I know its limits, too…which is to say I know the educable portion of the population is relatively tiny, and that the translation of education into action is much tinier still. mises org does yeoman’s work in education. taking back youth is their strategy. their servers are in another, ‘safer’ country, and their b/u servers in yet another country. iran’s servers have been under attack, for years, however….

            truth to power, but for now & again exceptions that prove the rule, is a one way street (with those “do not back up – severe tire damage” contraptions evenly spaced along its length). send as many mr. smiths, with copies of “human action” tucked under their arms, to dc, as you want…the volcano has taken, will continue to take all you have, and will remain the unappeased, angry, "god"….

    • Hillfarmer says:

      There are more of us all the time that will not vote for the lesser of two evils. I last voted that way in 1984.

      We must get the word out to Republicans everywhere; if they do not nominate Ron Paul they will lose the election in 2012.

      As a teen during the cold war I was very anti-Communist involved with the Christian Crusade. During the 1980’s I got involved with the Libertarian Party. It was then I realized I had never been anti-Communist; I was pro-freedom.

      Today I am not anti-Oboma; I am pro-freedom. The only freedom candidate on the Republican ballot is Ron Paul.

      Today to many Republicans and independents are just anti-Oboma a 100% negative position. Be positive and be pro-freedom help elect Ron Paul.

    • reunion says:

      < Obama is bad, very bad.

      and yet he is merely following in the footsteps of those who preceded him…..

  3. JB says:

    Well, all I can say to all you naysayers is that a vote for Ron Paul or not voting at all will assure us all of another four years of King Obama. Funny – Ron Paul said he doesn't even see himself in the White House – I don't know why most of you anti-Republicans do. So go ahead and sit home in November of 2012 but I don't want to hear any of you moan and groan about Obama sliding into office again. You have only yourselves to thank!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I agree we need to elect Ron Paul in 2012. Or kiss your fredom good bye.

  5. We can't stand another 4 years of this nonsence. We are already bankurupt. I know what that means if I personly was, but I'm not sure what it means for America. I do know you can't spend your way out of debt, it won't work for me aned it won't work fo America, how stupid can we be?

  6. texas wolfie says:

    I agree with almost everything written today except one. RP will not be a candidate in 2012. It is up to us then to make damn sure he will be viable in '16. Maybe the sheeple will be hungry and angry by then. The question remains then: How do you make sheeple angry? There are numerous calamities which can cause this. None are appealing.

  7. texas wolfie says:

    Nod to REUNION, I did not realize RP was that old. I believe however, he has a son.

    • reunion says:

      and bush had shrub. etc. dynastic pol families, hereditary ascension, does not gin up my enthusiasm. nor would cloning. lol….

  8. Robby Bonfire says:

    Lina Sands for President!

  9. val the builder says:

    Disenction in a party usually means the other major party wins. Republicans can't find enough common ground to back any candidate for any length of time. The Republican Party is split with far right "Tea Partiers" and middle ground "Moderates". Unfortuately our system is begining to look more like 3 major parties with the Democrat Party being the majority vote holder. If this continues, it will be 4 more years of Obama. As far as Ron Paul, he has alot of great ideas, but is not electable. Ross Perot had alot of great ideas and cost Bush Sr the election. Deja Vu.

    • reunion says:

      party of 2, 3, 50…what does it matter? it is a party. one. not multiple independent parties that just happened to become contiguous.

      and you're the wallet.

      look at a map. of the u.s. see the pen lines around all those contiguous states? ever look down from a plane and see those lines? no; there are no lines.

      false compartments and fictional "patterns"…….

  10. val the builder says:

    What does it matter? Money. period. The State lines matter only to the electorial college voting on a Presidential election. You may not see any lines, but the one who has the most money and properties wins the Monoply game, always. Divide yourself up only to lose. The party with the votes wins, the party without whines.

    • reunion says:

      the reality, the truth, is that only parker bros/hasbro wins the game of monopoly (i.e., the inventer/owners of the game). the players merely take turns “winning”.

      furthermore, once you put away the boardgame, and return to your regularly scheduled, and scripted, and designated, life, you, the”players”, put up all the properties, and all the money – which IS slowly turned into boardgame money via the embezzlement of inflation – and all for the privilege of rooting for cfr team a, or cfr team b (council on foreign relations)…which is one of the cartels seeking to apply pen lines to the whole planet.

      do not divide? what do you think democracy is? it is faction (divisions). it puts the political bit into the mouths of these, those and the others, and sets them against one another. even a horse knows there’s a bit in his mouth, who holds the reins, that he did not slip on the saddle himself, but the demos? they like to think it’s their own idea….

  11. Gramma says:

    Voting for the "lesser of two evils" is never a good vote.

    If there is no acceptable candidate, I write in my own name instead of leaving the line blank, so no counter of my ballot can slip a checkmark in a box beside a candidate's name.

    Remember, God is the only one on the highest throne, and He is still in control, allowing events to happen in order for His people to wake up and realize that certain ones are trying to dethrone Him.

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