Revolutionary Revolving Door Retreads

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On Thursday, the Senate confirmed, by a vote of 57-40, the nomination of Cass Sunstein to be Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a.k.a. “Regulatory Czar,” overseeing all federal regulations. That makes at least 33 or so of these “czars” currently in the Obama administration, most without facing a Senate confirmation hearing, and all with wide-sweeping powers. Sunstein has some bizarre and frankly scary ideas. Related to health care, he has written: “I urge that the government should indeed focus on life-years rather than lives. A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.” He also believes that animals should be allowed to sue their owners. Sadly, he is not the only bizarre czar at the White House.

The “Science Czar,” John Holdren, believes trees should be allowed to sue, that a born baby “will ultimately develop into a human being,” and in a 1977 textbook proposed forced abortion and sterilization as potential government methods for population control.

Recently the “green jobs czar,” Van Jones, resigned when his radical views became widely known. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) has called for President Obama’s czars to testify before Congress. While the hearing might need to be held in the House chamber to hold the entire czar army, more people need to know the extremist views of those with whom the President has surrounded himself for counsel. President Obama’s health care plan envisions no less than 53 new federal panels, boards and organizations; if enacted into law, the new Regulatory Czar will have even more to regulate!

Tony Perkins heads the Family Research Council. This article was excerpted from the Washington Update that he compiles for the FRC.