Behavioral experiments on our own citizens.
And Authorized by Executive Order!
Are we now living in Orwell’s future society? Has the executive power gone out of control?
or do you just think it is no worry and that Facebook and Google do this … why not the government too??? Am I just being an extremist or do you believe like I do that the government needs to step away from my personal choices. I feel like the frog in the pot with the water getting warmer and warmer … and getting closer and closer to the boiling point.
The worst part is that we have had no say in this. No vote. No discussion. Just executive order.
And they wonder why we want to get as far away as possible from large urban areas? Check out the latest infraction by our “transparent” government…
…the government (is) establishing a task force dedicated to studying how it could get you to do what it thinks is best for you.
As the Daily Caller reports, on Tuesday, “President Obama announced a new executive order which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.
The initiative draws on research … that government policies can be designed in a way that “nudges” citizens towards certain behaviors and choices.
The desired choices almost always advance the goals of the federal government, though they are often couched as ways to cut overall program spending.”
Just so you know, Sunstein actually said “increased regulation is a means to create jobs” because government must hire more people to enforce the new regulations.
And these are the same people who now want to try out some behavioral experiments on you – without you knowing of course — or giving your consent.
It will all be done ever so gently.
The new executive order encourages federal agencies to “identify policies, programs, and operations where applying behavioral science insights may yield substantial improvements in public welfare, program outcomes, and program cost effectiveness,” as well as to “develop strategies for applying behavioral science insights to programs and, where possible, rigorously test and evaluate the impact of these insights.”
In programs that offer choices for consumers, agencies are instructed to “consider how the presentation and structure of those choices, including the order, number, and arrangement of options, can most effectively promote public welfare.”
The order also suggests that agencies fiddle with whether to label certain expenditures as “benefits, taxes, subsidies” or other incentives to “efficiently promote” programs.”
Now to be fair, marketers in private enterprise do this sort of thing all time, researching messaging and how to structure questionnaires and web pages to maximize engagement and response.
There’s just something particularly creepy about the government doing this. … (and) the PC police got involved and demanded I stop using certain terms like “illegal immigrant” or “Islamist.” – by Michele Hickford]