American Czars – WHAAAT? (discretionary)

Tsar (also spelled czar, tzar, szar, ssar or csar) is a title used to designate certain monarchs or supreme rulers.It is is a Slavic term which is derived from Caesar – – -. In the European medieval sense of the term,he is a ruler who claims the same rank as a Roman emperor, with the approval of another, greater emperor or a supreme ecclesiastical official.  The last official use of the title and position of czar was in Bulgaria as WWII ended (1946).

Charlie Wrangled Yet Another One !

After a 2-year Congressional investigation of Charlie Rangel, which cost over $2 million, the 40 year “career politician” from the Harlem district in New York City, was convicted on Tuesday (11/16) of 11 violations by a 10-member bi-partisan Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives. Their 9-1 voting was conducted behind “closed doors” ; who cast the dissenting vote is not known.

The full House will deliberate on Charlie’s punishment probably after the Thanksgiving break, but the Committee which adjudged him guilty recommended censure. Censure means “rebuke formally”. In other words, “bad boy, don’t do that again”! In all fairness, monetary fines will probably be imposed on him in the form of restitution for the back taxes and other “perks” for which he was convicted.

Lobbying and Our Government

In writing about oil prices, etc., recently, I had mentioned lobbying in Washington. Many people do not know about lobbying and the effect it has regarding goings-on in our Nation’s Capital. Hopefully this will shed some light on it.

First of all, the lobbying business is a complicated beast. Started in the mid-1800’s under President Ulysses Grant’s administration, lobbying in the USA targets the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and state legislatures.

The Lame Duck

What IS a “lame duck”? Well, it isn’t a character that promotes an insurance company. A lame duck is an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, and especially an official whose successor has already been elected.

Lame duck officials tend to have less political power, as other elected officials are less inclined to cooperate with them. However, lame ducks are also in the peculiar position of not facing the consequences of their actions in a subsequent election, giving them greater freedom to issue unpopular decisions or appointments.