Strong criticism from Longest Serving Democrat Senator

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”

The piece goes on to point out that Byrd also criticized former Pres. Bush.  It is one thing to criticize the opposition, it is another to attack your own president.  Being consistent is a good thing….however, in this case, given Byrd’s racist past, one wonders if he is being harder on Obama than he would have been on a white president?


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5 Responses to Strong criticism from Longest Serving Democrat Senator

  1. buffalogal says:

    I read this news item this morning also and was in agreement with Senator Byrd.

  2. Vertigo says:

    Ok, BG, if appointing people to facilitate and accomodate the keeping of campaign promises is wrong, perhaps you can suggest a better way for Obama to expedite the agenda he has clearly set for his first term.

    How can he keep his hundreds of promises if he does not have help close to the Oval Office?

  3. andy g says:

    vert: his opponents are closer than he thinks…

  4. Profile photo of billybones billybones says:

    i continue to say it…his real opponents are the people who are supposed to be his friends….the congressional leadership sees him as cementing their power, not the other way around.

  5. andy g says:

    imperial wizard…ND version of Byrd, only without the clout…fellow sheet head though.

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