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Obama's Push for Smaller Government
The Root ^ | January 13, 2012

Posted on 01/13/2012 1:01:22 PM PST by nickcarraway

On Friday, President Obama asked Congress for greater power to do something.

Before you talk about hell freezing over, consider that his request adheres to Republicans' "smaller government" talking point. Seeking to streamline the government, save money and eliminate duplicative services, the president wants to merge six federal departments and agencies into one. But instead of restructuring items usually on the GOP hit list, like education, Medicare and social safety net programs, he wants to consolidate agencies that handle trade and commerce.

The organizations in question are the Commerce Department, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency.

Obama's proposal is the first in a series of mergers he wants to enact. "There are five different entities dealing with housing; more than a dozen agencies involved in food safety," he said in remarks from the White House describing bureaucracy across the federal government. "My favorite example, which I mentioned in last year's State of the Union Address, as it turns out, the Interior Department is in charge of salmon in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in saltwater."

U.S. presidents used to wield power to reorganize the executive branch of government -- for 52 years -- until Congress stopped authorizing it under President Reagan in 1984. If Congress heeds Obama's request to reinstate it, he would be allowed to present lawmakers with his specific proposals, followed by up-or-down votes within 90 days.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: constituents; economy; mafia; publiccorruption

1 posted on 01/13/2012 1:01:29 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Do not be fooled.

This is nothing more than a ploy to elevate the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency to cabinet-level status.


2 posted on 01/13/2012 1:04:29 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: nickcarraway

Just close them all down along with education, energy, interior, agriculture, housing, welfare, labor, etc, etc, etc.


3 posted on 01/13/2012 1:05:33 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t believe this SOS.


4 posted on 01/13/2012 1:05:51 PM PST by DownInFlames
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Obama's Push for Smaller Government

More Friday funnies. The man-boy is laughable.

5 posted on 01/13/2012 1:08:56 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: WayneS

Ditto!


6 posted on 01/13/2012 1:12:29 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: nickcarraway

Same amount of people. Nobody will be let go.


7 posted on 01/13/2012 1:16:30 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: nickcarraway

Magician’s trick. Watch the other hand.


8 posted on 01/13/2012 1:18:24 PM PST by lurk
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To: nickcarraway

It would consolidate more quick political power for the clans of constituents described in the following and more enforcement against other families trying to do business. It would keep manufacturing foreign and put agriculture more in the hands of the few.

The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2832259/posts


9 posted on 01/13/2012 2:02:53 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: nickcarraway

U.S. presidents used to wield power to reorganize the executive branch of government — for 52 years — until Congress stopped authorizing it under President Reagan in 1984.

And the control of Congress at that time was in the
hands of.....?


10 posted on 01/13/2012 2:07:18 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Slap those Dems!




11 posted on 01/13/2012 3:01:57 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: nickcarraway
This will end up being anotehr Obama attack on the private sector, disguised as cutting the size of government. It is a clever move, of course, so the GOP will need to come up with an equally clever way to say FUBO. But, with Boehner cowering in the tanning salon, Obama will probably get his way on this.
12 posted on 01/13/2012 3:03:55 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: nickcarraway
He could start by eliminating his 32 Czars.

Wouldn't need an act of congress to do it either.

13 posted on 01/13/2012 3:29:36 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Politics is all fake. I'm pretty sure it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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