Posted by Lambchop
Cass Sunstein is leaving the White House. Cass Sunstein has been the White House “Regulatory Czar” or the administrator of the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), part of the Office of Management and Budget.
Sunstein is a long-time proponent of “behavioral economics” which is a manipulative method of force that provides “incentives” (and punishments) to promote a specifically desired social, financial, or environmental outcomes. Sunstein believes that all Americans have a little “Homer Simpson” in them and therefore can be easily swayed.
Sunstein’s ideas have pervaded Obama’s administration with the passing of Obamacare. Secretary of Energy Chu’s mission to drive up the costs of electricity and fuel is also an illustration of Sunstein’s philosophy in action. These are both examples of policies designed to manipulate individuals’ behavior to produce desired outcomes. Obamacare intentionally drives up costs of healthcare and breaks down the existing system in order to force Americans to turn to a single payer healthcare system. Increasing drilling regulations will drive up the cost of electricity and fuel to force Americans to use less electricity and fossil fuels. Sunstein’s regulatory policies have virtually killed the coal industry by tightening environmental regulations to the point where it is cost prohibitive to build a coal plant or refit existing coal operations. 42% of our electricity currently comes from coal.
Sunstein believes that the Bill of Rights is inadequate and should include that the federal government should provide/guarantee jobs, healthcare and a house. Most rational, conservative and libertarian scholars view Sunstein’s radical views in diametric opposition to the U. S. Constitution.
Sunstein has left a few stones unturned which are no doubt in the works for Obama’s second term - such as regulation of speech on the internet. Sunstein supports broadening the libel law to promote a “chilling effect” so that all speech is easily subject to civil liability (this in response to the current sea of opinion that exists with unfettered bloggers and commentators on the internet).
Among his more amusing views, he has also suggested granting animals “personhood” so that they can no longer be subject to human “tyranny’ (including each animal guaranteed a court-appointed human attorney to protect their rights).
So Cass, tonight we will turn on all the lights, lower the AC temp, go for a drive in our SUVS and eat a big fat steak for dinner to celebrate your return to academia. We are delighted that you can now go back to Harvard where you can screw up the young minds of children whose parents pay $250,000 for the privilege of rubbing elbows with Machiavellian, ridiculous and creepy professors like you.
Note the ugly, easily -manipulated American, Homer Simpson, abusing an animal below: