Friday, October 9, 2009

Replacing Slander Laws/More Songs To Obama

The American Thinker: In his new book [by Cass Sunstein, Obama's Regulatory Czar], harsh penalties would be meted out for those that "spread rumors about an appointee of a Democratic president," an occurrence likely to increase if Sunstein continues to assault the very foundations upon which America is built.[2] Sunstein will have to accuse millions of Americans of "spreading rumors." Perhaps Sunstein even dreams of an eventual final solution for rumor perpetrators.

The flaw in Sunstein's logic should be obvious to even the mildly literate: libel and slander laws already exist to address Sunstein's alleged concerns. What Sunstein is after is not merely a redress of disinformation, or even the ability to dismiss critics as liars, but rather the actual power to threaten critics with the penalty of law. No due process need be given to those Sunstein accuses of lying. All that will be required is a "notice to take down," in the case of the Internet. As Sunstein writes, "Those who run websites would be obliged to take down falsehoods upon notice." But who determines falsehoods? Not a court of law, if Sunstein's proposal is enacted.

Sunstein, arguably the most powerful bureaucrat in America at present, will decide who is lying and who is telling the truth. At present, if someone lies, there is a sure remedy already in existence: Sunstein, President Obama, or any other official about which a deceptive statement is made, can provide information to contradict the claims of the "liars." The only problem for Sunstein and Obama is the frequency with which accusers are telling the truth, and no contradictory information exists.
o we still wonder why our children are not learning how to read and write and do arithmetic at school - or why some kindergartner's parents are being told that it is they who much teach their children the alphabet because they just don't have time to do it in school? Just check out the following on UTube:

Republican House Leaders joined U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter yesterday in sending a letter to the White House outlining substantive ideas on how to help turn around our nation's economy and boost the number of new jobs.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the letter (again) outlined the Republicans willingness to work with the Administration to move America forward. Included, several public policy proposals were outlined, including:

  • Give small businesses a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income.
  • Let small businesses band together in associations to buy health insurance more cheaply.
  • Curb civil lawsuits.
  • Lower individual income tax rates.
  • Expand health savings accounts, which are being squeezed in some of the current health-care reform proposals.
  • Increase businesses' ability to recover current losses by refiling prior tax returns.

Earlier this year, Representative McCotter participated in a work group crafting many of these initiatives which could have, in turn, provided twice the jobs at half the cost of the Administration's stimulus package.


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