Friday, September 11, 2009

Oh Dear!

This post requires a quick disclaimer. Here it is. **I am not a politician. I am not a political activist. I can’t even say that I like politics. But, I am greatly concerned with the direction our government is headed, and the last straw has been dropped. I can’t do much, but I absolutely can’t do nothing. **

Yesterday in the shadow of the Healthcare debate, the Senate voted for the confirmation of Cass Sunstein to lead the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA); this position is being called “The Regulatory Czar.” Mr. Sunstein was confirmed by a vote of 57 to 40. Included in the 57 “yeas” were both of the Utah REPUBLICAN Senators, Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett. I know this may sound like a little thing, but as “The Regulatory Czar,” he will have the ability to tweak regulations, making things harder than necessary. Again, this may not sound like a very big deal, but let me introduce you to some of his beliefs. In his own words, Cass Sunstein has said. . . .

"We ought to ban hunting" - Cass Sunstein, in a 2007 speech at Harvard University

"[A]lmost all gun control legislation is constitutionally fine. And if the Court is right, then fundamentalism does not justify the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.“ - Cass Sunstein, writing in his book, "Radicals in Robes"

"Animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives …" - 2004 book Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

"[T]here should be extensive regulation of the use of animals in entertainment, in scientific experiments, and in agriculture." - Cass Sunstein, “The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer,” August 2002.

"A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government." -Cass Sunstein, arguing for a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet in his book, Republic.com 2.0 (page 137).

"In what sense in 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. That is why we should celebrate tax day . . .” -Cass Sunstein, “Why We Should Celebrate Paying Taxes,” The Chicago Tribune, April 14, 1999

I don’t know about you, but these beliefs don’t generally fall in line with Conservative Republican beliefs, and they do not represent my beliefs. Now, given the new found ability to tweak regulations, Mr. Sunstein has the opportunity to make small changes without oversight, that will affect these issues (gun control, animal rights, free speech, taxes) and so many more.

So now the question is what can I do? I admit, it is too late to stop the confirmation, and I was lulled into a false sense of security. Both of my Senators have been voting as I would have them on other issues, so I didn’t think I needed to contact them on this issue. However, it is obvious that I was wrong. I am now going to contact both Senator Bennett and Senator Hatch, and let them know that I disagree with their vote, that I’m concerned with this man’s opinions and his ability to influence my freedoms, and that I will now be voting against them in the next election. I will also be encouraging all of my friends, family members, and neighbors to do the same. These men have been in Washington for too long and are blinded by the wishes of the people they are suppose to represent. If you agree with me, I would encourage you to write them as well. You can find Senator Bennett’s contact information on his website, http://bennett.senate.gov, and Senator Hatch’s information on his site, http://hatch.senate.gov. If you are not one of my Utah readers, and you would like to know how your Senators voted on this confirmation, you can find out at http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00274. If you agree with me, I would hope that you would contact your Senator’s too. I think it is a good indication of what kind of a person President Obama is by the people he surrounds himself by, and so far, I am scared. He is friendly with too many socialists, communists, terrorists, and radicals, and they are all making their way into our government. Please be mindful of what is happening, and don’t do nothing. Even if it’s not much, make a stand and do something.

4 comments:

The Bradley's said...

Wow. Some of those quotes are seriously scary - especially the one about money not being fully ours. I had no idea that was even going on...it certainly hasn't been on my radar. I'll be checking how our Senators voted here in MD.

Kim B said...

Thanks for the info Lesa. I check the Georgia stats and both of our representatives voted Nay! Yeah, we still live in a conservative state, or at least at the last elections, which was really close for one of the senators.
I didn't realize that this was going on either. How did you find out about it? I'll call and ask!

Broadway Baby said...

Wow! I had no idea about this. Thanks for letting me know. I'm going to write to the senators right now.

Melanie said...

Hey Lesa! I just found your blog! Hope you don't mind if I read it. As for this "Czar", and most others, they are scary. I do agree with him, in principle, as far as animal rights goes. We do need to protect animals from harm, but as for them having rights to bring suit to the courts? That's strange. And I don't think the government needs to regulate the use of animals, I think individuals need to regulate themselves and their companies to be humane human beings and entities. So I guess I don't really agree with Mr. Sunstein on that issue at all. What scares me the most about him is his speech on what is truly 'ours'. He, and many people in Washington, seem to be having the same idea....what we have isn't really ours, it should be 'redistributed'. Anyway, I guess I'm saying thanks for posting something this important. I try to keep up on things and it's nice to get more details so I can take appropriate action! Although I was aware of this man and his ideas, I was not aware that our Senators had voted for him...I will write and let them know it is not okay to continue down this path! (Sorry for such a lengthy comment.)