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Can I Be a Czar, Too?

This is getting re-damn-diculous:

President Obama has just named a Mr. Ron Bloom to another "advisory" position (i.e. czar).

From Rueters:

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bloom was a special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers Union. His responsibilities included the union's collective bargaining program.

Prior to joining the Steelworkers, Bloom was one of the founding partners of Keilin and Bloom, an investment banking firm, where he was involved in numerous transactions on behalf of the Steelworkers, the Auto Workers, the Teamsters, the Air Line Pilots Association and other unions.

Before founding Keilin and Bloom, Bloom was a vice president at the investment banking firm of Lazard Freres & Co. where he specialized in analyzing, structuring and raising financing for union-led employee-ownership transactions.

Bloom will travel with Obama on a visit to Cincinnati on Monday, the Labor Day holiday, where the president will speak at an event held by the AFL-CIO labor organization.

Oh, goodie!

Just another in a long line of appointed, high level officials that do not require a confirmation process or any type of public disclosure.

Can you say "shadow government?"

A guy who is supposed to help the creation of manufacturing jobs who just happens to be a union lapdog. Trying to shore up that union support, eh, Barack?

Part of the reason our manufacturing base has been decimated (UAW anyone?) in recent years is due to costly and cushy union contracts that sap financial growth out of companies. When these jobs are lost due to overseas competition, we hear cries of outsourcing from the same people who helped ruin the fiscal viability of their employers.

But, don't worry. He's also a banker.


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Comments (26)

A UNION MAN, why am I not s... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

A UNION MAN, why am I not surprised. And he's going "to help spur manufacturing". What's he in charge of, those metal "Recovery" signs?

Hey I've been in the comput... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

Hey I've been in the computer field for 28 years, and my father for over 30 before me. Does that mean I qualify as a computer czar?

How reduncedant of h... (Below threshold)
914:

How reduncedant of him, doesnt he realize theres only so much room under the payoff bus?

In another Marxist s... (Below threshold)


In another Marxist scheme perpetrated by none other than the Obama Administrations' Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein, the agenda to bring a "chilling effect" to free speech in America ramps up.

Mr. Sunstein wants to fine bloggers and media to make them think before they blog or broadcast anything that criticizes the current regime or anything else they may may deem inappropriate. Who does he think he is?

http://warriorsocietyradio.com/news/?p=618

Well, he certainly appears ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Well, he certainly appears to have dispensed with any appearances of propriety. We are now entering the era of direct, obvious and blatant political payoffs. When does George Soros get appointed financial czar with power over the Fed and Wall Street?

Wow, # 4.WTF is th... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Wow, # 4.

WTF is that supposed to be? I invite all Wizbang readers to click on your name/link. Then join me in pointing and laughing. Kook.

This is how I learned of th... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

This is how I learned of the new czar: Obama Administration has selected the Treasury's Ron Bloom to study ways to revamp the US manufacturing sector

So really he's going to be in charge of "manufacturing?" What the HELL does he know about it??

And Sunstein is a certified Communist. Look him up. He's pure evil, totally anti-America.

I love this comment from Ma... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I love this comment from Mark Hemmingway on National review:

"an administration that thinks 'vetting' has something to do with universal health care for pets"

Sure it's a joke, but how utterly believable when the administration shows that it has no clue what so ever about vetting. Nor does it show any pretense toward maintaining an ethical boundary between the governing of this nation and the personal and financial interests of themselves and their supporters.

Obama's father was from Kenya. Perhaps one of his "dreams from his father" was setting up a classic African kleptocracy here in the US. Perhaps Obama wants to bring us the same prosperity that Mugabe has brought to Zimbabwe. That's one thing at which he appears to be succeeding.

@thatguy,Love your b... (Below threshold)
Lisa:

@thatguy,
Love your blog!

What does Cass Sunstein bel... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What does Cass Sunstein believe???

"There is no liberty without dependency" - explaining how we have no property apart from the good graces of the government.

"Without taxes there would be no liberty. Without taxes there would be no property." - further explaining how it is not our labor that provides for us but the taxation of that labor by the government that really provides for us. One pauses to wonder what happens in states where there is no state income tax? How do people provide for themselves and their families? Do they not live in abject fear that all they have will vanish because it is not validated through government confiscation?

"we could even grant animals a right to bring suit" explaining how current animal rights laws are insufficient and that "perhaps even natural objects" should be given legal standing.

With regard to free speech Sunstein believes that it should only apply to political discussions (ultimately determined by the government) and that all other speech should be tightly regulated:

"A subject matter restriction on unprotected speech should probably be upheld if the legislature can plausibly argue that it is counteracting harms rather than ideas"

In his book Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech (a dead give-away of a title if there ever was one) Sunstein concedes on p35 that by using tax and subsidy mechanisms to provide more "serious," "quality" programming and reporting in the media, or by making judgments over what art, literature, or (even) hate speech contributes to public discussion and what does not, government will ultimately be in the oversight business.

I'm so glad that such sick and twisted bastards are going to try to run our lives for us. No thanks for my part.

Like many liberals Sunstein... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Like many liberals Sunstein's concept of free speech is tremendously self serving. He believes that political speech should be protected, but that other forms of free speech should not get such protection. Excepting of course artistic, scientific and literary work that may be political in its nature (I find he notion that scientific work should be censored to be particularly repugnant). In other words free speech is restricted by the government unless it is in support of the government.

He believes that government should subsidize newspapers "that agree to cover substantive issues in a serious way".

He believes that it is wrong that we should allow private property owners to ban protesters from their property, yet at the same time suggests that any such speech should be regulated. One can safely surmise that nearly every wacko liberal group would be granted protection by Mr "Give legal standing to inanimate objects" Sunstein, but that anything else would be prohibited.

When you read what he publishes he sounds less like a regulatory czar as he does a minister of propaganda.

Brucie why don't we all poi... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Brucie why don't we all point at you and laugh.

"we could even gra... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
"we could even grant animals a right to bring suit" explaining how current animal rights laws are insufficient and that "perhaps even natural objects" should be given legal standing.

This is a tangent, but brings up an interesting legal point. Any entity that can bring a suit can also be sued. Whoever sets themselves up to be the plaintive in representing animals then becomes the defendant when animals are sued.

I had a pheasant negligently fly out in front of my car as I was driving down a freeway and damaged my vehicle to the tune of $500 when it crashed though the grill. I would like to sue to recover my loss, but until someone steps forward claiming to represent animals there's no defendant. I have a neighbor who's car was hit by a deer and another who's house was damaged by woodpeckers and another who's crops were eaten by critters. Yes, lets give animals standing in court so they can be sued.

Did you guys click on "that... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Did you guys click on "that guy's" blog?

He is standing there dressed in combat fatigues and a ski mask, ranting like Tim McVeigh or Usaqa Madik.

Hilarious. Kooky. I would say a little scary, but no, not really. He's just a harmless crackpot. But funny.

Hilarious. Kooky. ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Hilarious. Kooky. I would say a little scary, but no, not really. He's just a harmless crackpot. But funny.

Imagine that, protesting over the government violating the Constitution. It was funny too when liberals were in an uproar over Bush's authorizing the government to listen in on overseas terrorist's conversations to their operatives in the U.S.

I already did 3 days ago. ... (Below threshold)
Andrew White:

I already did 3 days ago. Welcome to your newest czar. Czar for Sanity. Check out my 13+ decrees thus far at facebook.

Did you look at his site, M... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Did you look at his site, Mr Lorry?

Anti-police, anti-globalization, apparently allies of convenience with Code Pink, dressed in combat fatigues and a ski mask, proclaiming himself "the Resistance" in his mom's basement, angrily declaiming his manifesto in front of a "Don't Tread On Me" flag and a logo that looks vaguely Nazi-like.

No, you're right, he's not a kook at all. How intolerant of me.

Anti-police, anti-... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Anti-police, anti-globalization, apparently allies of convenience with Code Pink, dressed in combat fatigues and a ski mask, proclaiming himself "the Resistance" in his mom's basement, angrily declaiming his manifesto in front of a "Don't Tread On Me" flag and a logo that looks vaguely Nazi-like.

Sounds a lot like the usual anti-globalization protester. What's your point, that he looks foolish? Like beauty, foolishness in is the eye of the beholder. The message of anti-globalization protesters, at least in part, is to not send jobs overseas. If I remember right that was one of the many campaign promises Democrats were running on in 2008, and likely you voted for some of them.

Yes, Mr Lorry, that was ind... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Yes, Mr Lorry, that was indeed my point. Kinda why I employed the phrase "point and laugh."

But so as to assuage any hurt feelings, I'll change my characterization of "his mom's basement" to "his underground lair."

Im so excited!! Im going to... (Below threshold)
Slick Willie Clinton:

Im so excited!! Im going to be named Cigar Czar!!

Yes, Mr Lorry, tha... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Yes, Mr Lorry, that was indeed my point. Kinda why I employed the phrase "point and laugh."

Not at all unusual behavior for someone in high school, but most people grow out of it long before they're in their 50's.

I'm so ashamed that I don't... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I'm so ashamed that I don't meet your standard of maturity, Mr Lorry.

I'm so ashamed tha... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
I'm so ashamed that I don't meet your standard of maturity, Mr Lorry.

Well at least you're man enough to admit it. That's a start.

Shawn,You can be a... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizenw:

Shawn,

You can be a czar, once they create a department of bitching and moaning.

I have heard that you are also in line for the bed wetting czar. Good luck with that.

So, if I understand this:</... (Below threshold)
jim:

So, if I understand this:

- union members are biased, so gov't hiring of union members is proof of a commie takeover in the works

- CEO's and lobbyists are absolutely impartial, so gov't hiring of former CEO's and lobbyists is absolutely a-ok.

That about right?

Oh, and FYI this might be c... (Below threshold)
jim:

Oh, and FYI this might be comforting but it's factually inaccurate:

"Part of the reason our manufacturing base has been decimated (UAW anyone?) in recent years is due to costly and cushy union contracts that sap financial growth out of companies."

1. The workers of most other countries' auto companies have better benefits than ours, a better safety net, and work fewer hours. And the "$70/hr" cost for US workers that gets thrown around a lot, factors in the cost of their benefits - if that's taken away, the average US wage is about the same as overseas' workers.

2. Our auto manufacturing has been decimated by an unmatched string of horribly stupid decisions resulting in cars nobody wanted. That's not the workers fault, they did their jobs. Pardon me for believing in personal accountability, but the CEO's ran the companies - they are accountable.

So if what you're saying is we need better benefits from workers so we can more easily compete, then shockingly I'm in complete agreement.




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