What else can possibly be said that hasn't already been said, here is a guy
incapable of being the person we all thought he might be.
Consolidation, in my opinion, serves us well if it achieves greater efficiency
(fewer overlapping programs, fewer government employees, less costly
government). But in this case, Will is suggesting to eliminate all of those
departments that help business as thes departments represent unequal
distribution of money among businesses. The well connected get access while the
rest labor under their own efforts. I would agree with Will here.Republicans favor smaller government through consolidation & elimination
of programs & departments. They should address this in the House. Perhaps
it would go nowhere until there is a new Senate majority leader & president.
But having studied this issue & creating a plan could provide a blueprint
in the future.
The important thing to remember is when Obama speaks all or part of what he says
is not the truth. The line between truth and lies is not well defined in his
Obama's domestic policy is to blame everyone else and everything else for
his failures. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation
based on assurances they got from me," Obama told NBC News. So if you are
harmed by Obama's agenda, that's too is your fault, not his.
Centralized power attracts crony capitalists and rent seekers. This is why the
founding fathers tried so hard to disperse power. They weren't wrong.
Federal employees are at a 47 year low. When it comes to the # of Federal
employees or their percent of the work force we have made considerable progress
over the past few years in the reduction of them.
George F. SHill continues to work the Limbaugh Institute formula of creating
wealth...Make a lucritive career based entirley on negative sound
FTYou do realize that much of that reduction comes from the Federal
employees who happen to wear the uniform of the Armed Services. Don't make
it sound like many folks going to work in D.C. with a GS number are losing their
jobs. That part of the country has the lowest unemployment and some of the
highest paid people per capita in the whole country. They arn't in any
recession back there. Not with trillions of dollars floating around.airnautThey may be negative sound bites, but they still are true.
The kicker will be which agencies or bureaucrats President Obama targets for
elimination. Probably not the ones he and his cronies favor. And don't look
for Obama to compromise.
@happy2bhereThe reduction in federal employees is excluding our military.
When that is taken into account the number is obviously much lower. Don't
let your hatred of BO blind you from the facts. While BO policies may have
increased goverments presence into our everyday life (e.g. ACA or the NSA) they
have not increased the size of our federal workforce. Many of those
"negative sound bites" you hear from biased sources or DN blogs are
@mohokatRegarding your comment about Obama not speaking the truth: I
will accept that not everything Obama says is truthful. I cannot think of a
single politician, of any party, who is always truthful. If you tell the truth,
you cannot be elected.
For the sake of argument let’s say George’s analysis is correct (in
fact at best, it is only half so).Now if we had a party that, say,
fought vigorously to pass transparency laws and protections for those not in
power, they may have some credibility in promoting the sort of society George
thinks is best (hint: it is unquestionably NOT the Republican Party).
From the very beginning Republicans were determined that Obama would fail. As a
matter of fact, Republicans have done every thing possible to make that failure
come true! If we are going to talk about failure, I think we need to evaluate
the Republican party. We need to see how much any of them have accomplished
during the years Obama has been in office! Then we will see failure. We will see
the losers that would rather see our country fail, than ever see Obama
accomplish anythingObama is far from failure and the things he has done
are far from being as bad as Republicans scream. It is amazing the hate coming
from people!One stupid thing Republicans do is to make absolute statements about
something as if what they say is the absolute truth and don't anyone dare
think otherwise. Has anyone read the scripture about pulling the mote out of
your own eye before you do it to someone else. These Republicans should fix
themselves. Everyone can see that! Like I said, say whatever you want about
Obama, the hypocritical Republicans don't see how screwed up their party
FTI researched about the government workforce size and found many varied
opinions from both the right and left. As is common when dealing with
government, statistics, and politics, one can find what they want. Some say we
have grown, some say we are stagnant, others say we are smaller. I suspect the
truth is how one interprets the statistics and what history one uses as a
baseline. Anyway, it really doesn't matter in as I do believe that Obama,
(whom I don't hate as you put it, but really despise his policies), is
doing things that are very bad for our country. That puts me in line with at
least half of the country, and, considering recent polls, the majority of
Americans. I hope you are correct in that the government (tax payed) work force
is getting smaller because we really need to reduce the spending before the 17
trillion debt grows to an unsustainable level. If it hasn't already.
@ RFLASH"From the very beginning Republicans were determined that
Obama would fail. As a matter of fact, Republicans have done every thing
possible to make that failure come true!"Obama is in trouble due
entirely to Obamacare, his lack of experience, and his lies about if you like
your healthcare you can keep it- tell me how did the republicans cause all that?
While at it, can you provide the memo from republicans that forced Obama to lie
"If you like your healthcare, you can keep it, period!"
happy2bhereIt sounds as if anything you read or hear will always start
from the premise of despising BO's policies. You'll find plenty of
comfort and companionship with that ideology but you may never discover the
truth. The biggest driver of the federal debt over the past 5 years is
reduction in the amount of revenue (taxes)being collected as a percent of GDP.
Our country has not seen the percent of federal revenue (taxes & fees) being
collected at these low of levels since 1950 (15% of GDP). Paying off the 17
trillion dollars in debt is very doable by increasing revenues to the historical
levels seen under the Reagan adminstration (mid 17). That's my biggest
issue with the GOP as they seem to be more concerned with scaling back social
programs than they are in reducing the debt. It's naive to think Americans
will vote for politicans or a party that wants to reduce SS or Medicare when
more Americans are dependent upon them. Some DN posters refer to these people
as beggars. Call them what you want but they are citizens and can vote. We need
more informed pragmatists and fewer partisans to solve our problems.
If we citizens want government to be for the people, we must come to terms with
the fact that corporations run our political offices. Just look at the dollars
that elect every US Congressman and even our state officials. The cure is very
simple: honor our existing laws that protect voter rights to equality. On this
day, Dec 11, 2013, I Jonathan L. Peterson do charge the office of Utah Supreme
Court A complaint against Chief Justice Mathew B. Durrant with misconduct
and ethics violations.They have knowledge that crimes against Utah
residents are being done and have been done without filing a complaint
themselves against the unlawful actions of other public officials and
perpetrators of said crimes against constitutional rights of every citizen in
Utah. Until he or she breaks their silence about corporate bribery and
other violations against citizen constitutional equality they are committing
gross misconduct and clearly breaking ethics rules set by the Utah State Bar and
their Oath of Office. "There is more but not enough room" This
complaint was filed against every Utah supreme court justice. Withdrawal of
complaint when addressed. by Jonathan L. Peterson
I agree with George Will and would add that we have not seen a more dishonest
POTUS in Obama since Nixon! Obama gives Bagdad Bob a run for his money!
college professors like Barack theorize about how to govern and they almost
always lean left and toward progressive socialist state-ism. Trouble with all
this theorizing is that none of it is grounded on experience let alone past
successes. There is precious little actual experience in the college faculty
lounges - just academic pie in the sky day dreaming about 90% of which is
impractical and down right dangerous. Big government is bad for society every
single time but because green horns like Barack come straight out of academia
with ZERO real world experience lessons are never recognized or leaned and so
the same mistakes that have doomed countries like Greece are being re-applied
here in America. The REAL problem actually isn't Barack and his Communist
friends - it is the ignorant low information masses that elect him solely on
superficial cotton candy and race.
"Obama's solution to the problem of the 16 is to "consolidate"
them, replacing 16 small subtractions from good governance with one big one.
"What I find ironic about this statement is this is the very
thing "free enterprise" does on a daily basis, and is viewed as progress
by the same like minded people to George. No one is clammering for the breakup
of WallMart, that 16 smaller chains would server their customers better
(actually, they may do just that). But in the name of efficiency we see things
like American Airlines swallowing US Air. When the government stepped in to
prevent this merger of peers - conservatives were repulsed - that to survive
these two needed to come together to server the public better.In my
own industry, we had Conoco and Phillips, we had Exxon and Mobile. No one
thought these coming together to become global giant organizations was a bad
thing.And yet, if redundancies are to be eliminated in government,
16 parrallel organizations are better than 1 to Will. Funny how economies of
scale seem to only apply to the private sector in Will's world.Bigger is harder, but sometimes it is better and cheaper too.
@1covey: "The kicker will be which agencies or bureaucrats President Obama
targets for elimination."I can help him... How about eliminating
the Department of Education, reducing all the other White House Cabinet by ten
percent each, and eliminating the White House's 25 or so 'tzars.'
No other presidents have needed tzars of any number. And stop taking
multimillion dollar vacation trips.@The Skeptical Chymist: "If
you tell the truth, you cannot be elected."That's exactly
why Mitt Romney did not get elected... he told the truth.@RFLASH:"From the very beginning Republicans were determined that Obama would
fail."Republicans don't want him to fail... they want him
out of the White House and their guy in. What's wrong with that?"Obama is far from failure and the things he has done are far from being
as bad as Republicans scream."Obama lied to the public about
Obamacare... over and over. He is also a lawbreaker. He postponed the employer
mandate contrary to Congressional law. He has broken immigration laws giving
amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. And he has violated laws about aiding,
abetting, and harboring illegal aliens... which is a felony. Look it up -