Cass Sunstein has been appointed to run the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews major federal rules. While business has quietly applauded this move, liberals are worrying that Sunstein will not sufficiently support the rescinding of pro-business regulations enacted by the Bush administration or champion new ones pertaining to health and safety.
Sunstein, a prolific author and public intellectual, was a colleague of President-elect Obama’s when the two were both law professors at the University of Chicago.
“He is smart and prolific, but he is a true believer in cost-benefit analysis,” said Rena Steinzor, a University of Maryland law professor and president of the Center for Progressive Reform, a liberal academic think tank in Edgewater, Md. “He would not have found an arsenic regulation to be justified. This makes him extremely conservative on regulatory issues.”
Read the full article by Cindy Skrzycki in the Washington Post here.