This is a response I received fron Congressman Bart Stupak on the subject of Obama and his czar appointments. I sent another letter asking that if the Senate approved these appointments, then who were the Senators that approved Van Jones and Valerie Jarrett. I am eagerly awaiting his non-response.
Dear Mr Solarz:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Obama Administration's use of "czars". I appreciated hearing from you.
There are no such things as presidential "czars". It is a term used on the Internet and by the media to abbreviate the title of a senior advisor to the president or one of his cabinet secretaries. For example, the so-called "Drug Czar's" official title is the Director of National Drug Control Policy. The Director of National Drug Control Policy is appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
There is no shadow government. Every administration since President Franklin Roosevelt has had these advisors. In fact, former President George W. Bush had 35 of these advisors. The ultimate power resides with the elected officials. Like any other Executive Branch employee, if these advisors are not performing well at their jobs, they can be dismissed and are accountable to Congress.
Regardless of the structure of federal agencies, Congress has the authority to provide oversight of the Executive Branch. As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I will continue to hold federal agencies and Executive Branch officials, including these senior advisors, accountable to the American people.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me again in the future with issues that concern you.
Member of Congress