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House Proceeding 06-15-09 on Jun 15th, 2009 :: 1:15:15 to 1:42:35
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John R. Carter

1:15:06 to 1:15:27( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: minority leader. mr. carter: i want to thank you for recognizing me today. i go some stuff i think's kibeds of interesting to talk -- kind of interesting to talk about.

John R. Carter

1:15:15 to 1:42:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

John R. Carter

1:15:28 to 1:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: let's see, let's start with -- recently while listening to the radio i heard an announcement that president obama was appointing a gentleman to be named the that kind of threw me, i being an old criminal law trial judge.

John R. Carter

1:15:51 to 1:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: i remember the drug past. i remember i think a couple of homeland security czars, but i never had heard of a compensation c so i started looking into it. and i've always thought that it was kind of peculiar for a democratic country to even use

John R. Carter

1:16:12 to 1:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the term czar. but others have adopted it ahead of time so i don't have any problem with using the word czar although if you look it up in the dictionary you'll find out, the most pap lar version is a form of the -- popular version is the form of the russian, totally auto contractic

John R. Carter

1:16:35 to 1:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: emperorers of the old imperial russia -- emperors of the old imperial russia. i think it sound as little funny for us to be comparing ourselves with that failed system, but, you know, i can't -- i can't critice it too much because we've had multiple folks that have had these czars.

John R. Carter

1:16:56 to 1:17:17( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and exactly what are t that we create in this country? well, the best i've been able to determine, these are people who are hired members of the executive branch of the government. but they're not

John R. Carter

1:17:18 to 1:17:38( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: of health, education and welfare or secretary of labor. but they're given sort of absolute authority in their field to give direction to the government and to advise the president as his of other cabinet, if will you. now the first thing that comes to mind when you wonder about

John R. Carter

1:17:39 to 1:17:59( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that is, with well, you say, well, wait a minute, all these secretaries that become members of the cabinet, they have to be confirmed by the senate, constitutionally it's required that they be confirmed by the senate and we have these confirmation battles in every administration and actually some issues have come up this time

John R. Carter

1:18:00 to 1:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: which caused people to withdraw their names before the issue of whether or not they'd be confirmed for reasons like they didn't pay their taxes or some didn't want to go through that kind of an onerous process of getting to be the secretary of

John R. Carter

1:18:21 to 1:18:45( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: homeland security or the secretary of state, secretary of commerce or whatever secretary it may be, which have long time been the historical heads of departments of the executive branch of the federal govern but now we've got these new guys that are going to be czars. now it wasn't so hard to figure out when you said, well, you've

John R. Carter

1:18:46 to 1:19:06( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: got an attorney general who is one of the cabinet members, he's confirmed by the senate just like the constitution requires, and to have somebody who totally focuses on the drug fight that such a bad idea. so that's kind of what -- that's kind of the first concept of

John R. Carter

1:19:07 to 1:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: czar that i can recall and i think probably it at some time ronald reagan may have used that -- at some time ronald reagan may have used that term. so you can understand that. but when you hear czar you think russian. when you think of russian czar

John R. Carter

1:19:30 to 1:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: you think of the dynasty. which is the dynasty that was ultimately overthrown by the communist revolution. from its inception and for 300 years, the romanovs' rule had 18 czars and two or three of them

John R. Carter

1:19:51 to 1:20:11( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: didn't last very long. and in 146 days, the obama administration has 22 czars. now, these folks have lots of titles, these 22 czars. but if czar means what czar has

John R. Carter

1:20:12 to 1:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: sort of historically meant, it's designed to give them sort of an absolute, in charge position on a certain subject matter. and remember, these folks are not ones who would have to be confirmed the way i understand it in order thold a position. these are just hired folks that

John R. Carter

1:20:33 to 1:20:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the president, through his presumed authority, gives them this power to do this. so, the russians took 300 years and we took 146 days to create this czardom if you will. now, let's see who these folks

John R. Carter

1:21:07 to 1:21:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: are. the best i can tell, this is a pretty accurate list of our czars. that have been created by the obama administration. we start off with the border

John R. Carter

1:21:32 to 1:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: czar, carol browner. i believe she was part of the e.p.a. last time, maybe under carter or clinton, i'm not sure. probably clinton. i don't know all about all these people.

John R. Carter

1:21:56 to 1:22:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: urban czar, infotech czar, faith-based czar, the been reported that he's an atheist. but that is his faith, i suppose. health reform czar, nancy-ann, tarp czar, now we have all heard about

John R. Carter

1:22:20 to 1:22:41( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the -- herb alison is the tarp czar. stimulus accountability czar, the nonproliferation czar -- and i may be mispronouncing these folks' names and let me say right off, if i've mispronounced anybody's name, it's because i'm from texas an i apologize for that.

John R. Carter

1:22:42 to 1:23:06( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the terrorist czar is john brennan, the regatory czar, there's an interesting one, cass, the drug czar is gil kerilowski.

John R. Carter

1:23:12 to 1:23:35( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the guantanamo closure czar, the af/pak czar, the mideast peace czar, the persian gulf/southwest asia czar, dennis ross, the sudan czar, j. scott, climate

John R. Carter

1:23:36 to 1:23:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: czar, todd stern, car czar, steve rad in her -- rat in her. he's been all over the place -- ratner, he's been all over the place. economic czar, the executive pay czar, that's one of my favorites right there. the executive pay czar

John R. Carter

1:23:58 to 1:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: kenneth feinburg and then the cyber security czar, position to be announced, but they're going to have one. now, right off i wondered about the cyber security czar because we've got an infotech czar up here which is sort of both in the same -- both first cousins, anyway. and i don't know whether they'll be working together or what.

John R. Carter

1:24:19 to 1:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but they're going to have absolute power in their field, whatever that means. i think this is something we ought to be curious about. that's so many czars, you know what's interesting, the russians gave nicknames to some of their czars based on their behave -- behavior.

John R. Carter

1:24:40 to 1:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: i don't think anybody would want to be called, like, allen the terrible, you know? we had an ivan the terrible in the russian romanov dynasty. we had -- i'm sure they'd all like to be peter the great or kathryn the great, have the great after their name, but i guess we can make up names for

John R. Carter

1:25:04 to 1:25:26( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: them. the question is why. i think it's a question administration ought to answer. i'm not the only one asking these questions. the statement from senator be robert byrd said the rapid and easy accumulation of power by white house staff can threaten the constitutional system of checks and balances. at the, white house staff has

John R. Carter

1:25:27 to 1:25:47( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: taken direction and control of problematic areas that are the statutory responsibility of senate confirmed officials. he's raising the same issue i was raising a few that is these people don't go through the confirmation process.

John R. Carter

1:25:48 to 1:26:11( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: there's no senators looking and seeing what kind of reputation these people have, what they are doing-with a -- doing -- what they have done in the past. where their area of expertise is. whether or not this is the most qualified person. whether it's a person who would meet the constitutional requirements of serving our nation. i know these are hired by the president.

John R. Carter

1:26:12 to 1:26:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we don't -- this alternate universe we are creating. i guess you leave the cabinet and you go over to the czardoms and meet with them. maybe they all get in and battle it out. i don't know how it works. we'll see. but this is sizably more czars

John R. Carter

1:26:42 to 1:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: than we have ever had. in fact, taking a look at esident ronald reagan czar, president george herbert walker bush had one czar, president bill clinton had three czars, president george w. bush had four czars.

John R. Carter

1:27:03 to 1:27:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we've gone one, one, three, four . 22. if these czars are set up to target historically needed help for people in this country, i

John R. Carter

1:27:25 to 1:27:47( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: think it's done with a good heart. but i really think we should be -- we as the american people should start asking why. why should you hire somebody principle to be the border czar? alan may be a nice guy and he may be smart as a whip.

John R. Carter

1:27:48 to 1:28:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we also have mrs. napolitano who is the head of homeland security and it is her statutory responsibility to be in charge of defending the borders of this country. in fact, it's the constitutional responsibility of every member of this house to defend our borders.

John R. Carter

1:28:09 to 1:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but it's certainly her statutory responsibility to defend our nation. we have an energy department and the secretary of energy, i think, the best i can figure out, is supposed to be responsible for the energy department. now, i wonder why we have to

John R. Carter

1:28:30 to 1:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: have this energy czar. urban czar. well, we've got a department of urban development that's housing and urban development, h.u.d., that's been around for an awful long time. that is a cabinet post. sohy all of a sudden do we need an urban czar?

John R. Carter

1:28:52 to 1:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we never had one before. info tech czar. i don't know where that would fall in the purview of the established constitution, by statute, but somewhere. faith-based czar, we have dealt with the head of a faith-based

John R. Carter

1:29:14 to 1:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: initiative in the bush white house. it came under a lotf criticism om the now majority, but they created one. at least it is reported, put an atheist in charge of that which to me seems strange. the health reform czar should be active right now because as i understand it the president

John R. Carter

1:29:35 to 1:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: spent his day today tryg convince people in various places that we needed this massive health reform that he's seeking to put. and he wants to actually create -- put the government in competition with private industry on health care. i would say leading to the kind of health care ultimately maybe

John R. Carter

1:29:57 to 1:30:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: through the backdoor but ultimately i think there is no doubt and most experts would say the recommendations that he's -- that they are making, they are pushing forward between now probably and the fourth of july are to set in motion the possibility of a single payer health care system in the united states run by the government.

John R. Carter

1:30:20 to 1:30:41( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the quality of our health care plummet and we will see people like me, people in washington, making decisions as to what certain people are supposed to do for health care. and rationing that health care. now, if you ask our good friends and neighbors to the north in

John R. Carter

1:30:42 to 1:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: canada, you say, we hear you got the greatest health care system in the world. they said, it is good. it's real good. as long as you're well. if you get sick, you got to get on a waiting list to get treated. in fact, we have a greater cure rate for breast canser in this

John R. Carter

1:31:04 to 1:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: country by about 30 points, percentage points than they do in canada because they wait too long to take action on the breast cancer issue. same thing goes for prostate cancer for men. these are things we ought to be thinking about. we have somewhere in the 90 percentile express rate if we

John R. Carter

1:31:26 to 1:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: catch breast cancer early and aggressively pursue it. they are in the early 60 ea, like 61%, 63%. this is somet concerned about. if you get an orthopedic problem in canada, say bad knee you need to get fixed, can you wait five years before you get in to see

John R. Carter

1:31:47 to 1:32:07( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the orthopedic surgeon. where in the united states you could probably see him the day after tomorrow and you could probably get surgery done next monday. so we have things. but we got a health reform czar and i am asure she's going to tell us how it's going to work. tarp czar, that's peculiar to

John R. Carter

1:32:08 to 1:32:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: what we are doing right now, that's the tarp stuff, and there may be some understanding as to where that is. we were told by two secretaries of treasury that they were going to oversee this and they were going to make sure nothing bad happened. that's what they told us. we heard one under george bush

John R. Carter

1:32:30 to 1:32:50( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and we obama. both these guys have told us they are going to be looking out for our money over here. but we got mr. tarp czar is doing that. a stimulus exhibit -- accountability czar. accountable to who? what does that mean? but i'll tell you, there's no doubt about it now, this is true.

John R. Carter

1:32:51 to 1:33:12( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the american people are sure worried about how this money's being spent and where it's going. and is there any waste, fraud, and abuse involved in it as it comes out? because when you start throwing around billions and billions and billions of dollars until you reach trillions of dollars, it doesn't take a rocket scientist

John R. Carter

1:33:13 to 1:33:33( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: back home to figure out that much money is just a target for somebody to abuse the system. so maybe that's a good thing. nonproliferation czar. i assume that's nuclear proliferation. that's what you always hear connected to the proliferation

John R. Carter

1:33:34 to 1:33:56( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: word. but the question is, -- terrorism czar. you know, when 9/11 happened and the -- this is before i came to congress, when 9/11 happened the members of congress here in their combined wisdom in a very

John R. Carter

1:33:57 to 1:34:17( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: bipartisan effort, which everybody's wondering about bipartisan, very bipartisan effort created the department of homeland security. it wasn't just for borders, it was for all issues to protect the homeland of america.

John R. Carter

1:34:18 to 1:34:39( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: entity where we gathered experts on terrorism. of course all of our services and intelligence divisions have always had information about terrorism because that's part of their job. they know who has to clean up the mess after the mess is created. and so our military certainly has that information, too.

John R. Carter

1:34:40 to 1:35:01( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but we created -- i would argue one of the largest outside of the defense department, departments in the entire united states and it was created because of terrorism, but now we got a terrorism czar. the drug czar we have had, i'm pretty sure, in every administration for the last four administrations.

John R. Carter

1:35:02 to 1:35:22( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and i know how that works. and i understand how that works. now, whether or not drug czars word czar seems to indicate, i don't know. whether these folks are going to have that kind of absolute authority is anybody's guess.

John R. Carter

1:35:23 to 1:35:43( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: guantanamo closure czar. at least we going to be out of work by the end of next year. that is the administration keeps their pledge. we have been told absolutely that by this time next guantanamo will be closed. and so this guy's got -- he's on

John R. Carter

1:35:44 to 1:36:04( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: a short leash. the alpak czar, don't know what that does. middle east peace czar. well, you could also call him an ambassador for credentialed ambassador or whatever they call the people that go out and negotiate peace. and george mitchell has more than his share in his

John R. Carter

1:36:05 to 1:36:27( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: lifetime. he's very competent. i'm not going to the competence of any of these people. as far as i know all these czars could be ultimately alan the great, carolyn the the great, jay scott the great. just like peter the great. we don't know how great these guys are going to be. but they could be one of those,

John R. Carter

1:36:28 to 1:36:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and let's hope none of them happen to be ivan the terrible because that would be terrible. persian gulf czar, sudan czar. now, we have an ambassador to sudan, i think. we have diplomats that work wit sudan. we have a secretary of of state who has an office that sudan

John R. Carter

1:36:49 to 1:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: falls under. i'm sure she has got some of the best experts on sudan anywhere in the contry. just like she does on the persian gulf. just like she does on the middle east. the secretary of o the best people we can hire. some of these people have been working in this field forever.

John R. Carter

1:37:11 to 1:37:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: now we got a sudan czar. this means this is the absolute monarch of sudan experts? what does it mean? or is it just the administration that needs a be job? i don't know. i don't know what it does. climate czar.

John R. Carter

1:37:32 to 1:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it's not clay mat change czar. it's not global warming czar. because we have had to change those terms. we started with climate -- started with global warming and started getting colder that's kind of dropped. now we are climate change czar. he's got to be the

John R. Carter

1:37:54 to 1:38:15( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we always blame the weatherman for the weather. but, hey, we got a czar we can blame now. this guy could very quickly become that could be steve the terrible very quickly. how wou you like to be responsible for the climate of the united states? that's tough.

John R. Carter

1:38:16 to 1:38:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that's a tough job. car czar. well, if this guy doesn't do his job he'll have a whole lot less to be czar over because the federal government now runs the car business and at least two of the largest three firms in our country, so he sort of could be

John R. Carter

1:38:37 to 1:38:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the government auto czar because the government's now in the automobile industry, heavenelp us. the economic czar, i know we've got a half dozen people that serve in cabinet or subbe cabinet positions that we -- subcabinet position that is we refer to as specialists. we have the federal reserve that

John R. Carter

1:38:58 to 1:39:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: gives us advice on economics and the secretary of treasury that gives us advice on economics. we have a board that gives us advice on economics. there's the economist behind every bush. only thing more in washington we got than economist is lawyers. heaven help us.

John R. Carter

1:39:19 to 1:39:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but we got an enomic czar. and he's one we have heard of, paul volcker. i guess paul will tell us how it works. this one is the one that got me wondering about this czarships. executive pay czar. there's an awful lot of people

John R. Carter

1:39:41 to 1:40:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: asking, what does that mean? we know at a minimum what it means is that we're going to decide what some of the big firms that took bailout money, what they're going to pay their top executives. it's been all over the papers and all the tv shows about the

John R. Carter

1:40:03 to 1:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: various huge gigantic amounts of money that some c.e.o.'s and c.f.o.'s and others get paid in some of these large corporations. with bonuses and it's really beyond most of our ability to conceive how much money these folks get. so this guy's going to limit

John R. Carter

1:40:25 to 1:40:45( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that. but then the question becomes, if he's going to be the czar, the absolute monarch, over executive pay and that executive pay is going to be from anybody that took government money, then does that mean anybody that got a tax break from

John R. Carter

1:40:46 to 1:41:06( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: could be kind of grandfathered into this deal? or anybody that got a grant from the government could be -- not the bailout money, not the tarp money or the other one, stimulus money, but just got a grant, but a big one? now, does that mean that he's going to get to tell them what

John R. Carter

1:41:07 to 1:41:27( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: their pay is going to be? in fact, maybe the company you work for has gotten some of this money. is he going to be able to tell your company what you're going to get paid? and where does it stop? so is this really a wage fixes

John R. Carter

1:41:28 to 1:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: czar? is that a better te than executive pay czar? i don't know. and finally, we haven't gotten the person's name yet, but the cyber security czar and then we've run out of space on the pages. and i guess the next thing we'll

John R. Carter

1:41:50 to 1:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: find out, instead of 22 czars we may have 42 czars. i'm trying to find out had what these folks get paid but i haven't been able to figure it out yet. stay tuned, i'll try to come back to you and talk to you about what all these czars are going to get pai but, you know, if they're following in the russian pattern the going to be pretty good.

John R. Carter

1:42:11 to 1:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: because those czars lived in some pretty nice houses and they did pretty well. so, the romanovs in 300 years had 18 czars, the americans in 146 days have it 2 -- 22 czars. i'm very pleased to see that i'm not by myself today. i have a good friend, my good

John R. Carter

1:42:33 to 1:42:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: friend and colleague, classmate

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