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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Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

The Texas power failure provided America with a disturbing and deadly preview of the Great Reset. But Bill Gates, AOC, and other Democrats say this only proves we need to enforce MORE green policies.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck reveals how deep the Great Reset tentacles reach into government and business to strangle freedom and their efforts to control every aspect of your private life.

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Why are we letting criminals out of prison while putting pastors in? Pastor James Coates of Canada's GraceLife Church was recently fined, arrested, and put in maximum security prison for violating lockdown rules.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to discuss the story. Ezra said he's noticed a trend of government officials "picking on" Christians as "lockdownism" becomes almost a new kind of religion, and warned this might be just the start of more persecution to come.

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