Skip to comments.APNewsBreak: Obama seeks power to merge agencies
Posted on 01/13/2012 7:01:17 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for greater power to shrink the federal government, and his first idea is merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies whose overlapping programs can be baffling to businesses, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. Obama will call on Congress to give him a type of reorganizational power last held by a president when Ronald Reagan was in office. The Obama version would be a so-called consolidation authority allowing him to propose mergers that promise to save money and help consumers. The deal would entitle him to an up-or-down vote from Congress in 90 days. It would be up to lawmakers, therefore, to first grant Obama this fast-track authority and then decide whether to approve any of his specific ideas. The White House said Obama would address his proposals for government reform Friday morning. The official confirmed the details to the AP on condition of anonymity ahead of the president's event. In an election year and a political atmosphere of tighter spending, Obama's motivation is about improving a giant bureaucracy - but that's hardly all of it. To voters sick of dysfunction, Obama wants to show some action on making Washington work better. Politically, his plan would allow him to do so by putting the onus on Congress and in particular his Republican critics in the House and Senate, to show why they would be against the pursuit of a leaner government. Obama also has an imperative to deliver. He made a promise to come up with a smart reorganization of the government in his last State of the Union speech. That was nearly a year ago. At the time, Obama grabbed attention by pointing out the absurdity of government inefficiency.
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agreed. no good can come of this
It reminds me of Clinton’s state of the union speech when he said that the era of big government was over, and then proposed a whole lot of small government.
You are right to worry.
Not only no, but HELLLLL no! In this case “streamlining” means “consolidation of power”. No. Nonono.
This comes out of the same mouth that 3 years ago said he would go through the budget line by line and root out all the waste.
We’re way past believing Zero, he only knows how to make things bigger not smaller.
0bambi gets the message from Greece....
In Greece you need to show a current tax receipt/payment in order to have a car license plate....
Greeks are turning in their license plates to the tax collector and not paying their tax....
Those that don't have cars abandon their donkeys....
Those that don't have donkeys or cars abandon their children ,,,,
so look to see the IRS and 0bamacare merge.
Prayers for abandoned Greek children.
Just someething new he can tout as an “improvement” he’s making when he give his state of union speech. I doubt anything will even come from it.
Watch what the other hand is doing, people.
How about they kick him out of office instead?
Isn’t this the same line Hitler used? He threatened to step down if they didn’t give him additional powers. There was an opportunity missed - even if the trains ran on time.
This is just Zerobama consolidating his power to wreck business, that’s all.
“The Bamster plans to collate several weak and ineffective groups into a single powerful, bureaucratic Leviathan.”
With new Czars in charge of financing each Leviathan. Congress be d@mned!