Wow! What's this a Smaller Federal Government?
That's what President Obama says he wants in an new campaign, just announced today. The president wants Congress to give him broad new powers to propose mergers of federal agencies. The Congressional leadership would then require an up or down vote, limiting debate and stagnation on the proposed cuts. The president's plan would save 3 Billion over 10 years, not much, considering the near 16 Trillion dollar debt, but a start. Number one to go would be the Commerce Department (The one Rick Perry consistently remembers to say he too, wants to cut.) by combining 6 trade and business agencies into one single administration. As many as 2-Thousand jobs would be lost, but the president assures job losses would only be through attrition and not layoffs or cutbacks. The announcement presents a quandary for conservative Republicans, used to portraying Obama as an out-of-control free spender of the nation's treasury. They immediately charge electioneering, as Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn says, just "Yesterday, President Obama asked for a 1.2 Trillion increase in the national debt, today he is proposing to shrink the federal government." The president is throwing the issue back at the Republicans, urging them to support an idea of their own. Says Obama: "This is an area where we should receive bipartisan support because making our government more responsive and strategic and leaner should not be a partisan issue." It's in the Republican's court.