U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D., IL) is calling for yet another czar in an already czar-heavy administration. This appointee might feel a bit insecure and self-conscious around the Afghanistan Czar, Border Czar, and Car Czar. He would be the Carp Czar tasked with tackling the influx of Asian carp in Lake Michigan. The greatest challenge will be to keep from confusing the Carp Czar and the Tarp Czar (Herb Allison).
The call for the newest (of dozens of Obama czars) was triggered by the discovery of a bighead carp, a variety of Asian carp, in Lake Calumet, just six miles from Lake Michigan.
Durbin wants legislation to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to look at “hydrologic separation” between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River — a massive project that would close the locks and canals between the waterways that have functions for 100 years.
Durbin is correct that this is not just about the carp. There are a variety of invasive species threatening the lake. Lake Michigan is already being devastated by the zebra mussel.