Peter Orszag, President Obama’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget, was one of the key figures in the enactment of ObamaCare, with its unconstitutional individual mandate and new government bureaucracy designed to order doctors to not cure us as they see fit. He must love the idea of sitting behind the Big Desk himself, signing off sweeping Executive Orders at a rapid-fire place, ordering Americans to do this and not do that. How else do you explain his bizarre penchant for writing that the panacea for the messiness of democracy is… less democracy? He wrote exactly this in an article titled, Too Much of a Good Thing for The New Republic:
To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic… But we need to confront the fact that a polarized, gridlocked government is doing real harm to our country. And we have to find some way around it.
Orszag attributes this polarization to the common, average American who has decided to not trust the mainstream media, and becomes “more radical” when meeting people “with similar opinions.” And it’s not the fault of “the elites,” because according to some of his favorite political scientists, “polarization is not primarily an elite-driven phenomenon… Polarized politics are partly here, so to speak, by popular demand.” No, the hatred for ObamaCare out there in fly-over land isn’t Orszag’s fault, it’s just us “little people” who don’t grasp the genius of all this “managed” health care.
Orszag is yet another ELITIST who blames AMERICANS for our political disagreements. He hides his hatred for Tea Partiers who revolt with his arrogant disdain for constitutional democracy behind the utterances of some equally arrogant, poli-sci psycho-babblers. During the Reagan years, we called people like this “Blame America Firsters.”
And Orszag’s prescription for ripping up our God-given rights and the Founding Fathers’ vision of limited government? Hold on to your seat:
To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions… we need to jettison the Civics 101 fairy tale about pure representative democracy and instead begin to build a new set of rules and institutions that would make legislative inertia less detrimental to our nation’s long-term health…
Yeah, take it out of our hands, and build some bureaucratic dictatorial mechanisms. He wants “automatic stabilizers,” like a progressive tax system and more unemployment insurance; and “more backup rules,” like automatic spending triggers” when Congress doesn’t do its job and pass appropriations bills on time (and note that the GOP House has been doing its job this year). Classic high-taxing big government by fiat.
And we need more “independent institutions” – you know, independent of the PEOPLE who would be ordered to do something – like that ObamaCare bureaucracy he created to dictate our health care decisions. And what about accountability to us? He sweeps that away by quoting another poli-sci “expert” who analogizes the New Bureaucratic Order to the unaccountability of Supreme Court Justices who decided on their own to legalize abortion. And we’re supposed to accept MORE of that?!
Trashing the Constitution and Bill of Rights is a regular practice for Peter Orszag. Not only does he want Uncle Sammy to decide which health care we can receive and pay form and which we cannot, he wants to dictate which medical malpractice lawsuits we can file, and thus take over entire state court systems. He wrote an op-ed last year in the New York Times in which he wrote, “Lawmakers missed an important opportunity to shield from malpractice liability any doctors who followed evidence-based guidelines in treating their patients.” Tort reform proponents slobbered all over it, trumpeting the Obama Administration’s “conversion” to their hope for new federal powers over local juries, local judges, and local health care decisions.
Those fans of Orszag’s tort reform proposal forgot, or purposefully ignored, the common thread between his ObamaCare and his medmal lawsuit limits: It would be the ORSZAGS of America who would make all the key decisions in both cases! The Orszag Elitists sitting in Washington will decide who gets the health care through ObamaCare, and the Orszag Elitists would also decide which “evidence-based guidelines” would be imposed to immunize doctors from their deadly negligence. Both are defended in lofty legalese under the Commerce Clause of the Article I of the Constitution, but patriots should know better.
Both ObamaCare and federal medical malpractice bills are based on the lust for federal power to override our decisions, made in the course of everyday life, including the judgment of twelve common, average Americans sitting in a jury box. When those decisions are made in the marbled halls of Washington, the lobbyists for the most powerful can sway a Congress, an Executive Branch, and a bureaucracy, and the people be damned.
Our Founding Fathers knew this and designed a federal government with limited enumerated powers precisely to avoid the Orszag Elitists from running our lives through ObamaCare or federal tort reform. This year, five conservative, anti-ObamaCare legal experts and two other experts who make a living criticizing trial lawyers agree that a federal medical malpractice law lies outside constitutional boundaries and is an unconstitutional violation of states’ and individual rights.
Peter Orszag hasn’t considered any of that and couldn’t care less. He loves to play The Man Behind the Curtain, spinning the dials and twisting the institutions of American life. Our basic rights and our authority to run our own government are “harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing” and should be plowed under.
Remember the common danger between Orszag’s ObamaCare and Orszag’s tort reform: that lust for federal power.