published Monday, November 19th, 2012

Well, just what we need!

Business hasn’t been all that great the past four years in America. But, never fear, our president has noticed — even if it’s taken him a while. His solution: a new U.S. Department of Business.

That’s right. A whole new federal department would consolidate and coordinate the current six federal agencies dealing with trade and commerce so American businesses would need to contact only one, over-branching organization for help. Voilà! Problem solved.

The proposed change is supposed to simplify matters. Why do some of us suspect it would only complicate them?

Maybe because that’s been the general history of government expansion in recent years. Look at the growth of federal jobs during the Obama years compared to the shrinking employment numbers in the private economy.

Now one more government agency would be added to the mix. It’s all supposed to help American business. (“We’re from Washington and we’re here to help.”) If this administration were serious about wanting to help, it would have gotten serious some time ago about cutting the taxes and red tape that burden American business, especially small business. Not add another layer of bureaucracy to all that.

Besides, doesn’t the country already have a Commerce Department? Is this a reform or just duplication? Here’s hoping the president was just rolling out another campaign ploy the other day — an instant solution to a problem he could no longer ignore, at least not before Election Day. Let’s hope so. Because this brilliant idea sounds more like an awful one.

But it’s characteristic of this president’s approach to government policy. If your only tool is a hammer, you may wind up pounding away at everything in sight. Barack Obama’s first, if not only, response to every economic problem is another new, expanded federal program or agency. That comes with all the expense, patronage, taxes, new hires and general waste that any new federal program brings in its complicated wake.

There’s got to be a better way. In fact, there is — just get government out of the way. But that is one solution that never seems to occur to this administration.

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Actually, if you knew anything about the operations of government, you'd realize that no, these departments were not under the singular Department of Commerce.

That's the point. Much like a certain other case when some other President wanted to create the Department of Homeland Security.

But no, you couldn't pay attention to how this reform would consolidate these other agencies under the umbrella of the Department of Commerce, you just had to come up with some facetious remark about duplication, which is exactly the opposite of what was proposed.

If you're going to engage in such dishonest tactics, you're not going to be able to offer useful criticism.

President Obama could cure the Common Cold, and you'd complain that he was putting Antibiotic companies out of work.

(Reference intentional.)

November 19, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Our editor says we need to cut business taxes and regulations.

Fourteen years ago we drastically rolled back banking regulations, then twelve years ago we implimented sweeping tax cuts. The results are in from those moves and it's not pretty.

The bank deregulation set in motion a financial smorgasborg of products that are now driving the OECD countries toward financial ruin. The tax cuts reversed a small budget surplus and have contributed mightily to an ever expanding deficit and debt. As bad as tax and spend is, it's much better than don't tax and still spend. Spending seems to be a constant with all political parties.

The last three Republican administrations have been big spenders, even in relatively good economic times. Obama has certainly run up a hideous amount of debt, but it was in response to the most dangerous economic collapse in 80 years. We should cut Obama some slack. The US is in better shape than the other OECD countries even if we are not out of the woods yet.

Our editor just wants to get government out of the way. Well, that may sound good if you don't think about it in any depth. Where did this guy come from?

November 19, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.
conservative said...

"There’s got to be a better way. In fact, there is — just get government out of the way. But that is one solution that never seems to occur to this administration"

Most likely it does occur but a hands off approach is anathema to a Socialist. Yes, Owebama is a Socialist!

November 19, 2012 at 8:53 a.m.
rolando said...

Let's just "print" enough fiat money at once to pay off the entire $16+Trillion debt.

Oh. Then no one's money would be worth anything, huh? Well, with the current debt there's not a whole lot of value in it anyway. [Except for those elite who have their resources salted away in something of hard value -- whatever it is they keep it in...certainly not $US.]

Let the whole thing take its own natural course...

Business/industry/well-paying jobs are not coming back to America any time soon...but imported goods continuously arrive on our shores by the shipload. And we keep buying it by the truckload.

Practice saying, "Fries with that"?

November 19, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
hambone said...

If your in the newspaper business. Sure, business hasn't been good the last four years or the last twelve for that matter. But don't blame Obama for that, unless you want to blame him for the Internet!

November 19, 2012 at 9:19 a.m.
rolando said...

Six Trillion increase in four years ain't bad, debt-wise, hambone, with another Trillion and a half or so for next year. That other guy was a pikers...although he is STILL being blamed...none of this mes is or will be The Obama's fault, of course.

Actually, it is the fault of the voters...each and every time. We get the government we deserve.

November 19, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.
Plato said...

aae1049 said...

Small business of Tennessee blames Barry or Barrack.

That's funny, I read the article you linked and found something quite different:

"Unless Congress acts to avert the fiscal cliff, the top tax rate on long-term capital gains will increase from 15 percent to 20 percent on Jan 1."

and

"If Democrats and Republicans fail to reach a grand bargain by year-end, that would trigger automatic cuts in federal spending and higher 2013 tax bills for taxpayers."

but then why let a small thing like facts get in the way of another good Obama bash?

November 20, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.
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