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The Road to Czardom – David Boaz

08/08/2011

Back in 2009 there was a lot of hysteria over the Obama administration’s many “czars,” and we at Cato tended to dismiss it; as Gene Healy said in the Washington Examiner, “the conservatives’ current bout of czar mania elevates symbolism over substance…. Often, czars are mere figureheads, appointed to signal concern over the latest hot-button issue. ”

But just this week I’ve noticed a couple of examples of actual czardom — the exercise of arbitrary and autocratic power — from two of President Obama’s Cabinet secretaries.

Read More at Cato @ Liberty.

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