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Friday, September 14, 2012

A Czar Quietly Resigns

Fridays in August are when politicians announce what they do not want the public to hear. Many Americans are on vacation or traveling, and have less time to follow news developments. Even reporters are looking forward to the weekend. So it was no surprise that, as Barack Obama is deep in his campaign for reelection, he chose a Friday in August to announce the surprise resignation of Cass Sunstein. Sunstein was Obama's very controversial “regulatory czar.” He headed the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, referred to as OIRA [pronounced Oh-eye-rah].

About three decades ago, President Ronald Reagan won election by criticizing the numerous suffocating regulations that stifle job creation and depress the economy. Once elected, President Reagan then worked hard to try to reduce the regulatory burdens on small business. But after Reagan left office, the regulatory state expanded enormously, at the expense of our economy.

Regulatory czar Cass Sunstein brought his wacky ideas as a law professor to the Obama Administration. In a speech at Harvard in 2007, Sunstein stated that he wanted to ban hunting, a healthy and legal activity enjoyed by millions of Americans. Sunstein was responsible for the weird idea that animals should have legal rights, and even lawyers to represent them in court against humans. Perhaps Obama feared negative campaign ads this fall about what Sunstein and Obama’s other czars really believe. A political ad might show a dog catcher reading Miranda warnings to dogs before taking them to the dog pound. If a dog responds “bow-wow”, should that be interpreted as a demand for a court-appointed attorney according to the Obama Administration?

There is no need to worry about the newly departed Sunstein’s future career. He simply returns to the Harvard Law School, where he will be free to express his bizarre views.

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