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Cass Sunstein - Obama's Regulatory Czar

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posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 07:40 AM
He's not as radical as Van Jones, Holder and Holdren ... but he's still an interesting character. And yes, he's another Chicago politican. Especially interesting are his views on Celebrating tax day.

General Info on Cass Sunstein from Wiki

Sunstein has argued that “we should celebrate tax day.”[19] He appears to claim that the very concepts of property and society are based on government and taxes:

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?... Without taxes there would be no liberty. Without taxes there would be no property. Without taxes, few of us would have any assets worth defending. [It is] a dim fiction that some people enjoy and exercise their rights without placing any burden whatsoever on the public fisc. … There is no liberty without dependency.

So according to him you can't be free without a nanny state.
There is no liberty without dependency?
This is coming from the Regulatory Czar.
Czar .. as in ... doesn't answer to anyone except Obama who believes the same thing.

In his book Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech Sunstein says there is a need to reformulate First Amendment law. He thinks that the current formulation, based on Justice Holmes' conception of free speech as a marketplace “disserves the aspirations of those who wrote America’s founding document.”[9] The purpose of this reformulation would be to “reinvigorate processes of democratic deliberation, by ensuring greater attention to public issues and greater diversity of views.”[10] He is concerned by the present “situation in which like-minded people speak or listen mostly to one another,”[11] and thinks that in “light of astonishing economic and technological changes, we must doubt whether, as interpreted, the constitutional guarantee of free speech is adequately serving democratic goals.”[12] He proposes a “New Deal for speech [that] would draw on Justice Brandeis' insistence on the role of free speech in promoting political deliberation and citizenship.”

Um ... someone want to put that into English?
Did he just say that the First Amendment isn't clearly understood?
That we have to force people to listen to opposing views or something???

Cass Sunsteins Book - Nudge, Improving decisions health happiness
CNS News

Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

Cass Sunstein speaking at Harvard Law School. (Photo: Matthew W. Hutchins, Harvard Law Record.) ( – Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken.

Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done.

Outlined in the 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” Sunstein and co-author Richard H. Thaler argued that the main reason that more people do not donate their organs is because they are required to choose donation.

I'm an organ donor and fully agree with it, but to force an opt-out for organ donation is just plain wrong.

He believes in 'legalized personhood' for animals.

Allegedly according to Cass Sunstein
- Up until a child is 2 years old, you can 'abort' him/her. (really is infanticide)
- A smart border collie is worth more than a retarded human child.
- Someday animals can be in the court room and express him/her self.
Legalized personhood for animals.

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posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 08:04 AM
reply to post by FlyersFan

Need I say more?

edit to add; first time I tried this, had to get it right

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posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 08:06 AM
reply to post by mikerussellus

Actually, you do need to say more. Your video is not playing.

posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 08:08 AM
reply to post by Karlhungis

I think I got it now, forgive the learning curve.

posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 08:28 AM
reply to post by FlyersFan

Regarding free speech, he's advocating that the government promote, through regulation, a diversity of views in the media, including TV, radio and the internet in order to eliminate bias. In liberal speak, this means that we should regulate conservative versions of those out of the marketplace, as they promote extremism, whereas liberal/socialist ideology is universally acceptable and those are allowed in all instances.

He basically wants to control the media.

As far as 'celebrating tax day' is concerned, I think its a great idea. Its such a great idea that we should move the date for filing Federal taxes to November 1st every year. In this way, we can 'celebrate' by voting our elected representatives out of office every two years as a show of our appreciation for their theft of half of our income through various taxes while its still fresh on our minds.

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