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‘Regulatory cooperation’ or diminished U.S. laws?

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

World President?The political blogosphere is red-flagging this week’s Presidential executive order by Barack Obama “promoting international regulatory cooperation”. Obama signed the order on Monday and soon thereafter slipped off, unannounced, to make a campaign appearance in Afghanistan.

None other than the Wall Street Journal afforded Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein coveted space on its op-ed page to explain how the executive order calls for creating a framework that eliminates “unnecessary regulatory differences across nations” with no intent whatsoever to “undermine American laws.” (Sunstein’s White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is tasked with making this happen).

Blogger Henry Shivley peeled away the semantics and found the heart of the Obama order. “What is actually being attempted here is a standardization of international law,” Shivley wrote in a May 2 post at his site, From The Trenches World Report. “It is an absolute violation of the Constitution for the United States to legislate our law outside of our borders.”

As usual, the truth is buried beneath artfully worded phrases made to sound harmless, if not benign. Sunstein’s op-ed mentions global standards for container sizes. Who wouldn’t want that?

The catalyst for the executive order, Sunstein cleverly advises, is a desire to “align U.S. regulations with those of our major trading partners.” Align, as in move, as in shift laws that dictate how Americans live and businesses function in a direction closer to the laws of other nations.

It’s easy to read right past it, but think about what the Obama White House is saying. Is this not another apology? “We’re sorry, nations of the world. Our laws serve our arrogant, selfish American interests. We’re realigning. Did we say we’re sorry? We are. Truly.”

How does realignment of laws go hand in hand with Sunstein’s contention that we will at the same time never “compromise out national prerogatives”? It doesn’t. As a sovereign nation it is precisely our prerogative to enforce regulations that serve our interests.

“International cooperation and harmonization,” Sunstein writes is the underlying goal. Isn’t that the approach Obama has taken with Libya, Iran and Syria? How’s that working out for us?

Sunstein, who with his spouse, Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Power, has a well established track record promoting radical agendas, is heading the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs precisely because of his acumen toward the art of manipulation (and friendship with Obama dating to their days together teaching law at the University of Chicago). OIRA has been a suspect entity whether Republicans or Democrats are in the White House. One of its harshest critics is a liberal group, the Center for Progressive Reform.

“The Obama Administration has further entrenched a regulatory system in which White House officials (via OIRA) trump agency expertise with decisions based on raw politics. While the Bush Administration changed 64 percent of regulations under this process, the Obama Administration has changed 76 percent.”

The Center charges OIRA’s agenda actually weakens public health and other protections. So potentially dangerous is OIRA under Sunstein that liberals and conservatives are equally leery of his motivations.

In 2009, the Wall Street Journal sounded the warning sirens as Sunstein awaited confirmation to his new post:

“In a significant, but little noticed, memo written 10 days after taking office, Mr. Obama ordered up a rewrite of how OIRA goes about its work, the first such revision since 1993. ‘Far more is now known about regulation — not only when it is justified, but also what works and what does not,’ the president wrote.

So now we’ve come full circle. Obama becomes President of the United States. He surrounds himself with longtime philosophical allies and friends. He names them czars, empowered to “fundamentally transform” America. He places Sunstein at the helm of the one obscure but powerful agency that can fulfill Sunstein’s (and Obama’s) lifelong ambition to control people’s lives based on the firm belief they are too ignorant to make important decisions for themselves.

And, as Shivley writes, it leads to a looming, potentially catastrophic end game:

“This latest executive order can absolutely be used to institute gun confiscation laws/regulations, without any consent by our Congress or our Judicial.  And once these foreign laws are brought to the United States under the various security agreements, foreign troops will be brought in to enforce the foreign laws upon the people of the United States. … This is exactly what the Bolsheviks did to the Russian people in 1917.”

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