Always love it when these people crawl away from their university rocks long enough to test their theories in the real world, completely trash things, and then slink back to the safety of the classroom chalkboard where they can make that leftist looney-toon idiocy actually work. Cass Sunstein is the latest example:

Cass Sunstein, administrator of the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget, will return later this month to his previous post at Harvard Law School, the White House will announce Friday.

Sunstein, a celebrity academic who met Barack Obama when they were both teaching at University of Chicago Law School was among the world’s most-quoted law professors when he came to Washington in 2009. He was named the new president’s chief regulatory enforcer (often called the “regulatory czar”) as head of OIRA “oh-eye-ruh,” an office that gets little attention but is among an administration’s most potent levers.

Like Obama, Sunstein embraces “behavioral economics” – an emphasis on human behavior, rather than abstract theory, for identifying incentives to promote desired financial and environmental activity by individuals and corporations. The field of study supplied early underpinnings for Obama’s plans for health care and financial regulation.

This part is funny:

Sunstein became a lightning rod for liberal activists who had hoped the administration would be more aggressive with regulatory policy.

Because when you think “tsunami of de-regulation” you think “Obama administration.”

It isn’t difficult to understand why Obama and Sunstein took to each other so long ago — here’s Cass in 1999:

In what sense is the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we have inherited it without the assistance of probate courts? Do we save it without the support of bank regulators? Could we spend it if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live.

For a more recent example consult Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech.

Here’s the kind of crackpottery that’s on its way back to Harvard:

Comments

16 Responses to “Cass Sunstein abandons sinking ship returns to Harvard”

  1. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2012 3:55 pm

    "when he came to Washington in 2009."

    All the longer it took for those progressive fantasies to unravel.

    "Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, OIRA reviews all collections of information by the Federal Government. OIRA also develops *and oversees the implementation of government-wide policies in several areas, including information quality and statistical standards*. In addition, OIRA reviews draft regulations under Executive Order 12866."

    ( How did we allow this to morph into a "regulatory czar"? )

  2. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2012 3:58 pm

    OMB Watch has some of the background on Exec. Order 12866. Signed by…. wait for it… Slick Willie!
    http://www.ombwatch.org/node/224

  3. Truesoldier__ on August 3rd, 2012 4:23 pm

    I always laugh when I see something about the Paperwork Reduction Act. Like everyhting in government it added more to it than it removed.

    I know have to have back up hard copies of the electronic data stored for 7 years as well as justification paperwork for either why I have the forms filed electronically or why I am still using paper. Of course the justification forms have to be a hard copy……

  4. Truesoldier__ on August 3rd, 2012 4:24 pm

    This is just more proof that the internal polling is not good. This guy realizes he needs to get back to Academia before the mad rush occurs in November. This way he can get the cushy corner office while the rest of the rush settles for the basement.

  5. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2012 4:52 pm

    Mr. Barometer SAYS… ( spot on! )

    Doug's vidclip is telling in that Sunstein shares the same open-ended, left to the listener's imagination "foil for others" speaking style O'Drama obviously embraced.

    Hence the identical strategic stuttering and stammering. It's not a coincidence. The pregnant pauses are assumed to be, by the target's estimation, pause for deep and intellectual thought, but Dead Air would yield the floor! Something no True Prog (TM) is willing to do.

    Instead their speech pattern is carpet bombed with hems and haws that also enable the listener to gauge the speaker as "only human", something they can identify with. Not the robotic regurgitation it so obviously IS. Play the clip and you can overlay Bammie without deviation.

  6. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2012 7:15 pm

    Holy Cow, that`s ridiculous ! That`s like saying your work will be cut in half if you just convert those triplicate copies into quadruplicate !

    I don`t remember the company, but they were actually fined for NOT using a certain % of cellulosic bio-fuels in their fleet vehicles (I think) when there is no cellulosic bio-fuel on the market. It exists only in research facilities and "on paper" !

  7. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2012 7:21 pm

    Glenn Beck calls Cass the most dangerous man in American gooberment. I agree mostly with M_W in that Cass is likely just jumping out ahead of the rush, but I have to wonder, will he have no influence in the future … with or without an Obama win in Nov. ? Or is he REALLY OUT ? He can`t be gone enough for my peace of mind. He can take Kathleeeeeeen Sebelius with him and a host of others ! Maybe someone can trick them into that basement, for a meeting, and lock them in ! Toss in the occasional tofu patty !

  8. Truesoldier__ on August 3rd, 2012 7:25 pm

    Sounds like the company had to be in Washington State. After all the morons in this state are crying because their electric bills went up due to an initiative that said a certain percentage of electricty had to come from "renewable energy". The idiots didn't read the fine print that says hydroelectricity is deemed a non-renewable resourse by the enviroweenies…..

  9. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2012 7:37 pm

    Water is one of the most fantastic elements on Earth; renewing / recycling itself all the time. Is it because man isn`t required in the renewal process that the left deems it Not a renewable resource ? Well no, that can`t be because they consider sunlight and wind to be renewable ……. The things that make ya go, "Hmmmmmm" !

  10. Truesoldier__ on August 3rd, 2012 8:04 pm

    There is a simple answer to the above question. The reason libs deem water a non-renewable resource for electricity is that it is a proven cost effective way to produce electricity.

  11. Truesoldier__ on August 3rd, 2012 8:05 pm

    These characters are never really gone, just in remission.

  12. ChapBix on August 3rd, 2012 8:58 pm

    "In what sense is the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we have inherited it without the assistance of probate courts? Do we save it without the support of bank regulators? Could we spend it if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live."

    Could we have learned to save or spend it without first being taught by a government educator?

  13. ChapBix on August 3rd, 2012 9:06 pm

    Great idea! Lure them into a basement meeting and then unleash a drone missile. Problem solved.

  14. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2012 9:29 pm

    I know, let slip that the Taliban and Al Qaeda are hidden in the basement, the place will fill up with progs wanting a meet n greet ! Call in a missile strike ! Simple az`at !

    You have a wonderfully devious mind ! ;-)

  15. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2012 9:33 pm

    My Mom was the saver, my Dad was the spender and my Sis saved AND spent ! Since none of them were giverment employees, did I truly learn anything ?

  16. SignPainterGuy on August 3rd, 2012 11:00 pm

    For those of you who didn`t watch / listen to Glenn Beck`s numerous talks on Cass Sunstein and just how out of line and revolutionary his ideas are, here`s a short read as a refresher; http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/is-this-why-its-sunset… I for one couldn`t take the vid past 20 seconds. Reading is So much less insulting to the ears !

    We can thank God and all that is Holy that this despicable man is leaving his position of so much influence on WH policy. He is truly a scary man.

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