Portman Conspiracy Theory Neglects Fact That Obama Administration Has Consistently Dragged Feet on Regulations

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 1:00 pm

If I thought that the Administration were dragging their feet on regulatory matters for political reasons I would say something. I think it’s far more likely that they’re dragging their feet because they’re dragging their feet. In other words, they’re not all that interested in regulation. So don’t worry, Senator Portman. Your corporatocracy is in safe hands.


Cass Sunstein’s Legacy of Distributing Industry Attacks on Regulation Inside the White House

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 5:00 pm

Basically, then-Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Cass Sunstein met with a bunch of oil and chemical lobbyists, Sunstein sent around objections to the rule from the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable, and even quotes from House Republicans opposed to the standards, and all that was enough to make the case for delay. Lucky for the White House, Cass Sunstein was hyping business community attacks to help them make their decision.

In addition to passing around oil industry talking points inside the White House, Sunstein also forwarded along more obscure industry talking points.

Great News: Cass Sunstein Leaving Government

By: Friday August 3, 2012 11:35 am

Regardless of what happens in November, we are guaranteed to have a much more functional federal government in the near future. That’s because Cass Sunstein is taking his boot off the neck of the federal regulatory state and leaving government. I couldn’t be happier.

You Shall Know Our Velocity: Political Priorities Measured in Time Frames

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:10 pm

You can pretty well judge priorities in Washington simply by a matter of speed. If issues sit out there forever without being addressed, the political powers that be don’t really care about them. If they get attended to right away, they must have a certain importance attached. And this isn’t about lip service, but follow-through. Two items exemplify this today.

Administration Meets With Industry Trade Reps Moments After Announcing Interagency Group on Fracking

By: Friday April 13, 2012 3:30 pm

I mentioned earlier today that the President issued an executive order to create an interagency working group to oversee hydraulic fracturing, the process used in extracting natural gas. This order creates no regulations on fracking on federal lands, or on the development of environmental and public health standards associated with fracking generally. It just coordinates the “Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources,” between 13 different federal agencies and headed up by the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Cass Sunstein’s OIRA: The Most Powerful Regulation-Smiting Agency You’ve Never Heard Of

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 3:40 pm

The upshot of this is that regulatory policymaking has become centralized in the White House. Obama has appointed some decent regulators at the various agencies, but all of their work gets funneled through Cass Sunstein. The regulators are just trying to make do with too-small budgets to fulfill their responsibilities. They also have to constantly look over their shoulders to see how Cass Sunstein is kneecapping their recommendations. And the real-world effects of all this are huge.

Is Cass Sunstein, Obama’s Pick to Regulate Regulations, Too Fond of Cost-Benefit Analysis?

By: Wednesday January 28, 2009 2:40 pm

The good folks at Center For Progressive Reform recently released their report on the issues surrounding Cass Sunstein, Obama’s pick for OIRA – the part of OMB with the power to kill off health, food, enviro, and any other regulation intended to protect us and the living world we depend upon.

PEBO Wants AEI Libertarian Opposed to Product Bans Deciding OMB’s Health and Enviro Rules

By: Saturday January 10, 2009 6:00 pm

What does the Office of Management and Budget have to do with our health and our environment? Well, the OMB effectively has the last word on the regulations Federal agencies write to implement Federal Law. For decades, OMB’s been where proposed Federal rules to keep poison out of our lives meet lethal doses of deregulation.

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