I'm amused by the anti-Obama types who cite the use of the word “czar” to describe administration appointees as proof that the President is a socialist of the Rooski persuasion (let’s forget for a moment that the Bolsheviks overthrew the czars, which makes the accusation spurious at several levels).
Of course, only the media and the rest of us--not the White House--use this word, and every administration since FDR’s has had the term applied to it, but we should never let facts get in the way of a good rant.
But I digress. Here in South Florida, changing the political culture and its cavalier view of ethics is like making a U-turn in an aircraft carrier. All the czars and czarinas in the world aren’t going to be able to accomplish a thing unless they have powerful backup: plenty of enforcement resources and laws with teeth.
This is a nice first step for Palm Beach County, but the lasting effectiveness of “reform” will depend on whether our civic leaders realize that strong enforcement is good for everybody, even them, and deserves nurturing for the long haul. It’s easy to lull ourselves into assuming the whole problem has been taken care of with Ms. Steckler's appointment. Quite the opposite: We've struck the match; now we need to hold her--and our politicians’--feet to the fire.