L D Jackson tweeted:
— LD Jackson (@LD_Jackson) October 30, 2012
Here’s the story:
October 29, 2012
Barack Obama is hinting that if he wins a second term he would like to create a new position called the ‘Secretary of Business.’ Barack Obama makes this sound good by claiming he would be streamlining the government by consolidating different agencies and putting them under the lead of one man.
As 1984ish as the department head sounds he actually makes it sound like a decent proposal, but this is the quote I find most interesting and I think it tells us more about what Barack Obama really has in mind:
Mr. Obama blamed Congress for such consolidation not happening during his first term because lawmakers have been “very protective about not giving up their jurisdiction over various pieces of government.”
Consolidation hasn’t taken place yet because the Congress doesn’t want to give up jurisdiction in their role in the government. That’s pretty telling isn’t it? Sounds to me like he is upset that Congress hasn’t given more of its constitutionally granted responsibility and authority to the president. What is Barack Obama really trying to consolidate–more power in his hands and less lying with the Congress?
Your Editor thought that this was what the Secretary of Commerce should have been doing all along. Perhaps President Obama has defined the Commerce Department’s duties differently.
However, what the proposal shows is the typical response of our friends on the left (and too many on the right!): if there’s a problem, the obvious solution is to create yet another federal bureaucracy to address it!
What should a Secretary of Business do? He should gather all of the zillions of federal government programs designed to assist businesses under one roof, and eliminate almost all of them. He should review all of the millions of pages of regulations that the federal government has heaped upon businesses, and eliminate almost all of them. And then he should gather his staff, and tell them all that they did great work, and now it’s time to move out into the private sector, because their work is done, and the department is being abolished.
Business does not need the government to help them; business needs government to stop hurting them, and to get the f(ornicate) out of the way!