More Czars Than You Can Shake a Stick At

coatCzar

czar [zahr, tsahr]
–noun 1. an emperor or king.
2. (often initial capital letter) the former emperor of Russia.
3. an autocratic ruler or leader.
4. any person exercising great authority or power in a particular field: a czar of industry. 

Also, tsar, tzar.

Origin:
1545–55; < Russ tsar’, ORuss tsĭsarĭ emperor, king (akin to OCS tsěsarĭ) < Goth kaisar emperor (< Gk or L); Gk kaîsar < L Caesar caesar

There sure are a lot of new czars in DC lately. The Car czar, the Health czar, the Cybersecurity czar, the Great Lakes czar, and the soon-to-be-named Pay czar. I find this disturbing on two levels. First, it looks like a mad grab for power by the executive branch – the branch that should, Constitutionally, have the least power. Second, if the word “czar” translates to “king”, wouldn’t that make Obama King of kings? Shudders.

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