President Obama has not come up with a single fresh idea on how he is going to help the economy get back on track. Throughout his entire re-election campaign it’s been the overly simple word “Forward” that has accompanied the old big government ideas that failed to provide any lasting effects on the economy the last four years. During an interview with MSNBC yesterday, Obama expanded on those ideas with one to create a “Secretary of Business“:
Caught in a neck-and-neck run with a GOP challenger highlighting his private sector experience, the president is now pushing his own ideas to help business.
“I’ve said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA [the Small Business Administration] or helping companies with exports,” he said in an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brezezinski and Joe Scarborough.
I know what you’re thinking. Don’t we already have a Secretary of Commerce? Or is that one of the agencies he is suggesting we “consolidate.” Don’t ask for details because he doesn’t know!
I’m all for consolidating government agencies, but in an effort to make it smaller, more efficient, and ultimately less burdensome on the private sector. Do you think that Obama really intends on promoting smaller government? That runs counter to everything the Obama Administration fought for during his first term. Think War on Coal, War on Oil, record food stamps, ObamaCare, student loans, Dodd-Frank, Government Motors, and you get the point.
Obama’s proposal for a “Secretary of Business” is merely a desperate attempt to distract voters from considering a Presidential candidate that has experience in the private sector and has actually created jobs – Mitt Romney. Obama hasn’t been able to stop Romney’s momentum in the polls, especially on the economy issue, so in the last days of the campaign he finally decides to come up with a new idea. The problem is that it is an idea to create more government (forget consolidating) to help the economy. The Romney campaign responded by telling us what we really need:
“We don’t need a ‘secretary of business.’ We need a new president who actually understands business and won’t punish it with the job-killing regulations that have been imposed by the Obama administration,” said Ryan Williams, a campaign spokesman. “Mitt Romney spent his career in the private sector as a successful businessman, and as president he will promote pro-growth policies that will create jobs, help small business and strengthen the middle class.”