08.31.2009 0

ALG in the News: AgWired

  • On: 09/03/2009 09:58:06
  • In: Appointments
  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured commentary, Americans for Limited Government latest push to stop the appointment of Obama nominee Cass Sunstein is picked up by AGWired.

    Regulatory Czar Nominee Could be Nightmare for Ag

    Americans for Limited Government (ALG) has mounted a campaign against the nomination of Cass Sunstein to be the White House’s “Regulatory Czar” in order to prevent a “litigation nightmare.”

    ALG President Bill Wilson sent letters last week to farm organizations urging them to actively oppose the nomination. “What concerns me and I am sure will concern you is Mr. Sunstein’s extreme positions on animal rights,” Wilson wrote in his letter to the agricultural sector. “If put into law or regulation, these radical stands will destroy agriculture and threaten America’s ability to feed itself much less do any exporting of agricultural products.” Wilson says Sunstein favors granting legal rights to animals and “further regulation” against hunting, animal testing and farming.

    To make their point in a pretty funny way, ALG released this “Farce Side” cartoon (with apologies to Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side”). While the cartoon is amusing, Sustein’s extreme animal rights beliefs could prove to be very serious indeed if his nomination is approved. As an example of Sustein’s views, read his “The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer” – a very scary treatise in which he says “there is no good reason to permit the level of suffering now being experienced by millions, even billions of living creatures.”

    Sunstein has been nominated to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget. This post is also known as the “Regulatory Czar,” since all major regulatory actions by the federal government are subject to review by this office. The current status of his nomination is that it will require 60 votes in the Senate to invoke cloture after Senate Republicans earlier this month blocked a unanimous consent resolution to approve Sunstein without any roll call.

    ALG is recommending that farmers and ranchers and all Americans who want “to have the right to choose what to eat and purchase at the grocery store” to urge their senators to vote against Sustein’s nomination.

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