Making Government Simpler—and Better

Monday, April 08, 2013

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s former “regulatory czar,” talks about his time in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing a far-reaching restructuring of America’s regulatory state. He explains what was done, argues that Americans are better off as a result, and explores what the future has in store. His book Simpler: The Future of Government discusses the benefits of simpler government with smarter regulations.


Cass Sunstein

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Obama's War on whistleblowers

Apr. 08 2013 04:16 PM
Peter Talbot from Harrison, NJ

The ex-paperwork czar reveals that he is member of the Ivy Leagues' crack team of mealy-mouthed political hacks saving us billions in fictional manhours filling out one senseless form so we can spend trillions filling out others. Immigration, Internal Revenue, Justice, Social Services, Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, none of them have fewer forms or fewer requirements. None of them have any interest in or capacity for simplification. The reports issued by Commerce including Labor, Consumer Affairs and all other departments as well as his prized EPA, DOT and HHS are more riddled with exceptions and hidden algorithms than ever to provide added "spin" for the current denizen of the White House. And this guy has advised the Executive to withhold information so as not to confuse the public with data too difficult for it to digest. Paternal indeed.

But my favorite counter-intel of today:
that there is any disagreement among responsible economists, historians or any other sentient being that repeal of Glass Steagal was not tantamount to giving bankers license to print counterfeit currency. This froth is only purveyed by shills for the oligarchy that masquerades as liberal in the morning and libertarian in the afternoon so long as every sucker keeps buying high and selling low.

I renounce Sassunkind and all his works and all his ways, and commend his present, past and future tomes to the compost where they can clearly best simplify. How can any President do any real good that selects and relies upon such a disingenuous counselor?

Apr. 08 2013 02:03 PM

Was down with Cass until he made a PATHETIC attempt to justify the BO administration's secrecy and whistle-blower prosecution record.

CASS!!! All us FREEDOM-LOVING folks call BS on your BS!!

Apr. 08 2013 12:45 PM

"The most transparent administration ever" TM, just happens to have prosecuter more whistle-blowers than all other admins COMBINED.

You have the right to know whaever Obama wants you to know.

Apr. 08 2013 12:43 PM

This guy answers a lot of questions about this administration and why we're in such a mess. It's a "problem" that "balanced" information will further polarise groups with definite views? Welcome to humanity, pleased to meet you! What you are talking about is people have distinct moral values. Some people believe using drones to assassinate is fine, other think it's cold blooded murder. The "balanced" information that this is against international law will not have any effect on the values of either group. As the great philosopher said - "duh!" And this guy made how much from our tax dollars???
By the way, saying "Libertarian Paternalism is not an oxymoron" may also be described by that same philosopher as "having your cake and eating it." If you don't have the guts to use the term compromise you don't deserve the respect of a listening ear.

Apr. 08 2013 12:42 PM

His implication is the presenting both sides of an argument should lead to a middle point, regardless of the quality of the evidence presented makes him a perfect Obama employee.

Conservatives play on this middle-of-the -road bias by moving as far to the right as possible knowing that Obama and the Obots will come panting after.

Apr. 08 2013 12:40 PM

this all sounds great. when will it be applied to tax forms? certainly not fit for humans intelligibility as they stand now.

Apr. 08 2013 12:33 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Have Cass Sunstein & Daniel Kahneman (who was on Brian Lehrer's show today) ever talked? The overlap between their 2 segments makes me think they ought to collaborate!

Apr. 08 2013 12:33 PM
mimmia from Flushing

Amazon link does not go to the book. The book does not appear on Amazon at all.

Apr. 08 2013 12:33 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I think many, maybe most, people tend to expect everyone else to think the same way they do. For example (based on real-life examples), "I wouldn't go on welfare unless I'd lost all self-respect, therefore everyone who goes on welfare has no self-respect" or "Once I sit down to watch TV, I can't stop--that means no one can stop." Then they treat other people as if that were the case, & (if applicable) advocate policies that assume that's the case. If it's mostly not the case, it won't work.

Apr. 08 2013 12:24 PM
Cory from NYC

What's the difference between a nudge and a noodge? All sounds like noodging to me.

Apr. 08 2013 12:16 PM
Ed from Larchmont

From educators I hear the reporting has increased dramatically.

Apr. 08 2013 12:11 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Wait until we see the complexity of Obamacare in the near future!

Apr. 08 2013 12:09 PM

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