Philosophy professor Jim Otteson conveys that message in this excellent Forbes column.

With Americans becoming used to “czars” controlling this and that at the pleasure of the president, it’s important to explain why we should no more want a “car czar” or “compensation czar” or “regulation czar” than we’d want a “reading czar” or “exercise czar” — nearly all decisions in life are best made by the individual. He knows his own circumstances the best and will have to live with the consequences.

Individual liberty: Obama, Reid, Pelosi et al proclaim that they’re for it, then subject it to thousands of “buts.” In the end, the people wind up like the serfs in Russia, presided over by politicians who tell them they’re living in The Land of the Free.