Stu's 2nd To Last Page: The Most Dangerous Man in America?

Glenn calls Cass Sunstein the most dangerous man in America. President Obama, in addition to calling him a friend, considers this regulatory czar one of his closest advisers. I know, that sounds more like the most boring job in America than the most dangerous. Yet part of Sunstein's creepiness is that he described it to his future wife Samantha Power as a job he fantasized about. "I expected him to say he dreamed of playing for the Red Sox. His eyes got real big and he said: ‘Ooh! OIRA!" To translate, that's the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Sunstein isn't necessarily dangerous in the same way a Van Jones type character is dangerous. He's not a wild eyed ideologue in most respects. He is known as one of America's preeminent experts in the area of behavioral economics, which basically means he's obsessed with how people make decisions, and how to alter that process to obtain "better" results. If the president wants you to start eating hamsters, it's his job to remix the nuts and bolts of legislation to make it happen.

Sunstein is one of the lead advocates of something called "libertarian paternalism." For example, Sunstein along with his co-author, Richard H. Thaler, writes:

"Libertarian paternalism is a relatively weak, soft, and nonintrusive type of paternalism because choices are not blocked, fenced off, or significantly burdened."

Well, that just sounds wonderful in theory, doesn't it? But, let's look at it in practice, as they give their examples of how individual issues would be treated:

"If people want to smoke cigarettes, to eat a lot of candy, to choose an unsuitable health care plan, or to fail to save for retirement, libertarian paternalists will not force them to do otherwise — or even make things hard for them…"

You see, they won't make you do anything…of course not. Sunstein just wants to alter what he calls the "choice structure" so that you choose correctly.

But, what's happened to these ideas in practice? Smoking? Two months after taking office, President Obama raised cigarette taxes by 159 percent in the single largest tobacco tax increase in U.S. history. Does that "make things hard" for smokers? Everyone hacking up a lung right now is nodding.

Eating junk food? Michelle Obama has started out her anti-obesity program, recommending (count them) 70 different ideas to manage the food you eat. Everything from how much you breastfeed your children to which foods should be able to be advertised to what audiences. They'll also "analyze the effect of state and local sales taxes on less healthy, energy-dense foods." Hmmmm…I wonder why they would want to do that.

Also, Michelle Obama and the White House Obesity Task Force's "recommendation" about companies not advertising to children illustrates what happens to Sunstein's ideas when they collide with governmental reality. The task force claims that we should only revisit the federal laws that tell companies where they can advertise their products "if voluntary efforts to limit the marketing of less healthy foods and beverages to children do not yield substantial results."

In other words, choose correctly, or we will choose for you.

And I know I don't have to tell you about Sunstein's supposed "right to choose an unsuitable health care plan." The right to choose that has already been revoked by this government, despite the fact that Obama ran his campaign promising the opposite. Remember this classic Obama ad:

"Hillary Clinton's attacking, but what's she not telling you about her health care plan? It forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can't afford it, and you pay a penalty if you don't…" Is that Barack Obama or Jim Demint? That might have sounded good at the time to win votes, but what he really was saying was "we won't mandate that you buy health insurance…until we're elected and can mandate that you buy health insurance."

Some will argue that this is just government bastardizing Sunstein's ideas. After all—he said he still wants us to have choices—right? In his mind, yes he did. But, it's important to always remember that words don't mean the same thing to Cass as they do to you.

To you, a choice is a choice. You either choose to smoke, or you don't. But to Cass Sunstein, if you are choosing to smoke, it's not a pure choice. Because smoking is unhealthy, those who choose to smoke aren't making the decision properly. They must not be focusing on the right information. Therefore, it's not really a pure choice at all.

Who determines what the pure choice is? Well, people like Cass Sunstein of course!

Sunstein's idea of libertarian paternalism might seem wonderful because of the friendly sounding use of the word "libertarian." But, whether he's nudging you or pushing you through a plate glass window, he's still advocating a way for the government to be your parent—an idea about as libertarian as Kim Jong Il.

 





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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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