Obama first suggested consolidating federal agencies during his January 2011 “State of the Union” speech, and it was in a VERY dangerous context:
We shouldn’t just give our people a government that’s more affordable. We should give them a government that’s more competent and efficient.
How about one that’s constitutional?
…my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate, and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America.
That was the scariest line in the whole speech. DAMN SCARY. Instead of eliminating unconstitutional agencies, programs and departments, Obama wants to centralize, centralize! That whole “separation of powers” thing is getting in the way of “progress“.
He then made this revealing statement:
All of it will take time. And it will be harder because we will argue about everything…Of course, some countries don’t have this problem. If the central government wants a railroad, they build a railroad, no matter how many homes get bulldozed. If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.
That’s right: Obama views the checks and balances our founders designed to protect us against unlimited government power to be a PROBLEM which stands in the way of his Socialist Utopia.
President Obama will ask Congress on Friday for greater power to shrink the federal government, starting with merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies that have some overlapping programs, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
Earth to the Associated Press: consolidating federal agencies does not “shrink” the federal government. It CENTRALIZES power even further.
Mr. Obama will call on Congress to give him a so-called consolidation authority allowing him to propose mergers that promise to save money and help consumers and businesses. The agreement would entitle him to a yes-or-no vote from Congress within 90 days.
This would empower the Executive branch at the expense of the Legislative branch.
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.
Obama’s well-established habit of bypassing congress whenever it doesn’t bow to his demands has proven him dangerously untrustworthy of such new powers.
In an election year, part of the president’s motivation would be about improving a giant bureaucracy. But to voters sick of dysfunction, he presumably also wants to show some action on making Washington work better.
Nice way to insert Obama’s talking points in a so-called “objective” news story, NYT. Now you’re openly editorializing. Congress is not “dysfunctional”, as Obama likes to claim. It is working exactly as it was designed by the founders to do: providing checks and balances to an out-of-control Executive branch.
And voters aren’t “sick of” congress providing those checks to Obama’s power grabs, either. In fact, they overwhelmingly voted in 2010 for representatives who promised to do exactly that!
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.
Translation: this plan would allow him to put extra pressure on the people’s representatives to rubber-stamp his agenda or face public flogging by the propaganda press, who will paint them as a “dysfunctional, do nothing” congress standing in the way of a “middle class warrior” Obamessiah.
The narrative for Obama’s re-election has already been written, and this is a perfect way to trap Republicans into it.
Should he prevail, his first project would be to combine six major operations of the government that focus on business and trade, the White House official said.
They are the Commerce Department’s core business and trade functions; the Small Business Administration; the Office of the United States Trade Representative; the Export-Import Bank; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and the Trade and Development Agency. The goal would be one agency designed to help businesses thrive.
The goal is one agency with the concentrated power to centrally organize and control the economy, Soviet-style.
Even if congress has the wisdom and guts to stand up against this latest blatant power grab, what’s to stop Obama from simply going around them and centralizing his powers by Executive order? He’s already proven he’s more than capable of it, and congress so far has been impotent to stop him.
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com