Obama Seeks More Power

After claiming that the executive branch now has the power to determine whether Congress is in session or not, the President now wants power to “consolidate” “overlapping” programs without Congressional approval

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. In what he called his favorite example, Obama said: “The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”

I’m all for cutting spending and consolidation but wouldn’t the better question be, “why do we have overlapping programs in the first place”?

Seems better to stop them than to deal with them after the fact.

18 thoughts on “Obama Seeks More Power

  1. We are witnessing our version of the Fall of the Roman Empire, and that of the Wiemar Republic: the People are being told they need to abandon their rights and freedom in favor of government efficiency and “services,” and we are buying the snake oil.

    As you have already pointed out, Utah, we’re getting the govt. we deserve.

    (I can provide a relevant quote from one of those “old dead white guys,” IF you think it might be useful 😉 )

  2. Well, at least he is giving the Congress a role in okaying his moves.
    And gee, an up or down vote; now I really want to watch and see who is against that, and if it matches their past voting record and publicly-voiced opinion.

  3. This is another power grab by Obama. It is against the constitution to set up a government office with a monarcy title now we have Czar’s everywhere. He says quote-“I think the constitution is outdated and needs to be changed”. He set up the adminstrater of his office to be the mayor of Chicago and all of his flunkies to be in charge of key areas. He set up the CIA to be in charge of the military. He pushed through 40,000 more laws this year. He is pushing for U.S. Citizens to be chipped. Any one under the “new patriot act” can be arrested for anything for any amount of time. The are pushing against the NRA so you lose your right to bear arms. Every freedom is being taken away right now under your nose. Wake up.

    • Is “awaker” the same as “a wanker”…because I’ve been called that.

      Does that make me the awakerest?

      The things we do to the King’s English around here…My first grade teacher, Miss Ruth Jones, would be so ashamed.

  4. A merger of govt. agencies does not necessarily mean a smaller government agency. It will eventually become one of those “Too Big to Fail” situations. Besides, what is being aimed for is a complete dictatorship. Four more years of this and there won’t be any choice. Period. What do we think the word “Authority” really means. Are we all lambs being led to slaughter?

    • “Are we all lambs being led to slaughter?”

      If we keep playing this game when we KNOW we are playing a game? YES!

      However, if we accept the argument Utah made (and we must as he was correct), then we are not being “led” to slaughter, we are BEGGING to be slaughtered.

      The worst part is, as long as we are kept fed and entertained, we’ll keep going along with this because we’re too cowardly to face the alternative: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!

      (Mind you, I do not include ALL of us in this condemnation, but if you are NOT one of those who fall under it, then you are among those being viciously attacked in an effort to get you “back in line” so the rest of the sheep can avoid feeling guilt over not following your lead. Of course, this is all JUST my opinion 🙂 )

    • It’s interesting; our governor did some merging and some firing. But I believe Obama is probably doing some hiring in addition to the merging and firing. First thing to pop in my mind is what happened when Congress took a little breakie-breakie….More czars tonight in your coffee…….more czars tonight in your tea….

  5. There was a case against Obama in 2008 that a congressman brought against him and the court ruled that he could not run for office for president because it was determined that he was born in Keyna. The document he provided was false. The corporations and spin doctor’s made this go away. 85% of the media are owned by the corporations that are fed disinformation companies The Fed control everything and have stolen trillions of tax dollars and are not giving it back. The world government is now in charge of the United States through the Koyoto treaty. Your freedom was sold and you don’t know it yet. The Fema camps are ready and waiting for the orders. There won’t be any trading for cigs in the camps maybe soap. The 2nd American revolution is happening now,which side are you on?

  6. V., luv, our freedom has been whittled away bit by bit for quite some time now.

    Oh, and you can put me on the side with the soap. (not for my mouth, because I really do think I have that ucking fay it shay under ontrol cay)

    • I STAND FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IS UPON YOU. I TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTIUTION ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT IS THE OATH BY WHICH I STAND. I STAND FOR LIBERTY AND EQUALITY. I DO NOT TAKE THESE WORDS LIGHTLY OR THIER MEANING. I AM NOT A SHEEP BUT A WOLF AMOUNG MEN AND A LEADER. GO RUN AND HIDE THE REST OF YOU.

      • Hold it down, luv. We’re not in the theatre…..Speaking of which, just got back from there….. have to say that because they weren’t miked, they all needed to project tonight. Projection, I fear, is becoming a lost art….
        I change my mind, Jack. Project! Project so that the people in the back of the house will be able to hear you!
        Dang! Maybe I just need a hearing aid……

        Ooomph! I’m terribly sorry (I’m easily distracted). You were speaking, er, projecting about the silence of the lambs?

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