"I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his." - Catherine the Great
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I second...Robert Byrd, of all people...in expressing concern about the growing proliferation of czars in the Executive Branch of the American government.
While American czars have the benefit of appointment by a democratically elected Executive, Illya Somin nails it when he notes they are symptomatic of the growth of government beyond the ability of voters to assess the legitimacy of government's actions. More and more power gets exercised by people more and more tenuously connected to the electoral process. That has unfortunate implications for individual liberty.
Plus, as Jib remarks: "When was the last time you remember an American "czar" accomplishing jack?"