President Obama will propose a plan to combine several trade- and commerce-related federal agencies on Friday. Obama will seek consolidation authority from Congress, making him the first chief executive to do so since Ronald Reagan.
According to a senior administration official, the proposal is a follow-through on Obama’s promise to create a leaner, more efficient bureaucracy. But the move may also be aimed at blunting Republican criticism that Obama’s policies have stunted business growth and bloated the federal budget at a time of ballooning debt.
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#shrinkinggov Yes, as commerce and trade are not direct benefactors to the public, and enable too much corporate influence in govt.— Chris (@qualsh) January 13, 2012
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Fascinating. Obama is executing a co-optive strategy like Bill Clinton. Whatever the President's motives, the people win. There will likely be an announcement that the redundant government workers will be absorbed into other agencies [just my guess].
This at face value looks like a positive thing. But, it should be assessed against the backdrop of the beaurocracy of ObamaCare, its hidden costs and fees through insurance rates, and the 1,000 people brought in for the Consumer Protection Bureau.
If I thought he was sincere about this concept of simplifying and reducing the size of government, I would have liked to see the off-setting consolidations offered as a part of his vast expansions. Otherwise, this is just an election ploy...