"Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that." -- CPT Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity, 2005.
Cass Sunstein, Obama's "Regulatory Czar" and Killer Tomato.
Back when I was a callow youth, during my Benedict Arnold period of leftist nitwittery, there was a word that none of us wanted to be accused of: radish. For you see a radish is red on the outside but white on the inside. It was a white leftist thing, "Uncle Tom" black folks being found guilty of the same crime were called "oreos." Still are, from what I hear. The left is nothing if not fully racist in its own obsessive way. Anyway, the opposite of a "radish" was a "tomato," said with approval because a tomato is red all the way through. . . Cass Sunstein is a tomato . . . A killer tomato.
Long time readers may recall my warnings about Obama's use of the collectivist practitioners of perverted social science like Cass Sunstein, first in April 2009 with this article, Obama's Change Agents: "Made more sinister . . . by the light of perverted science." Later that month I wrote more comprehensively about Sunstein in "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."
Well, yesterday Politico carried the announcement, "'Regulatory czar' Cass Sunstein returning to Harvard."
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. . .
So the big brain Killer Tomato goes back to the collectivist patch from which it spawned. There was some talk early on that Sunstein's theories were evident in the Gunwalker Plot, but thanks to administration stonewalling no hard evidence has yet surfaced to support that anonymous allegation. One thing to be sure of, we have not seen the last of Sunstein's socialist behavioral engineering efforts.
LATER: WND has this column on Sunstein's departure, "Is this why it's sunset for Sunstein? Regulatory czar's controversial views could become election issue."