Obama to push for a “secretary of business” in a second term?

posted at 3:21 pm on October 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

In an interview with MSNBC this morning, President Obama owned up to some vague plans to grow the federal bureaucracy even more by creating a new “secretary of business” position in the executive branch. Via The Hill:

In an interview with MSNBC, the president said he wants to consolidate a number of business and trade-related agencies, creating a “one-stop shop” for oversight.

“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.

No — a thousand times, no. As much as Democrats like to aggressively peddle the line that “Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the policies that got us here in the first place,” as if tax cuts and deregulation were somehow the prime movers of the financial crisis, the fact is that too much big government is what really got us here. Operating off of political motives, the feds creating adverse incentives and convoluting free-market signals were the recession’s greatest catalysts, and Obama’s biggest overstep into the business world so far with Dodd-Frank is already inducing mega-uncertainty and depressing private investment. But heck, by all means, let’s just keep right on piling up the bureaucracy and engendering even more mechanisms for the federal government to stick its nose into private business. What could go wrong?

Uhm, a lot, actually, as Veronique de Rugy points out at National Review:

In the aftermath of the Solyndra scandal and the attention that it brought to cronyism, the president’s “Secretary of Business” ideal is just another way to give a new lease on life to corporate welfare. Think about it: The thing these agencies have in common is that their main goal is to deliver taxpayer dollars to the private sector. …

I think it is very possible that consolidating all the programs that grant privileges to a selected few could end up institutionalizing cronyism — or the unhealthy marriage between the private sector and government — more than it already is. Basically, this consolidation could make the job of lobbyists even easier. Whatever your private interest, in order to get government money, you would only have to make one stop instead of nine.

Hmm… remind me, what was it that President Obama said about putting an end to “business as usual” when he got to the White House? Anyone?

This is nothing more than the latest in a series of proposals and policies that make a roundabout attack on the symptoms and blame free enterprise, instead of addressing the real disease that is big government. The Romney campaign had an apt response:

“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.”


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Clueless. Literally clueless.

nico on October 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM

“Secretary of Business”?

Uh, wasn’t that Monica Lewinsky’s title?

Pork-Chop on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

A Capitalism Czar!!!!

hahahahahhahahaha

faraway on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

It’s like I’m always telling my kids: Failing businesses and stupid businessmen are pared away in the free market but government bureaucracies grow in response to idiocy and failure.

Only an idiot would advocate for the creation of a Secretary of Business but only the King of Idiots would also argue that creating such a position would consolidate and streamline government.

PackerBronco on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

A non-story in light of the fact that there won’t be a second term for this miserable finocchio.

ManlyRash on October 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM

“Secretary of Business”?

Uh, wasn’t that Monica Lewinsky’s title?

Pork-Chop on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I thought she was the Under secretary of Bidness

burrata on October 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I guess since Bryson had his stroke (or whatever it was), Obama just forgot about the existence of the Commerce Department.

Smart Power!

AZCoyote on October 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

“Secretary of Business”?

Uh, wasn’t that Monica Lewinsky’s title?

Pork-Chop on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Sec. of Monkey Business

faraway on October 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Nobody tell Rebecca Blank (the acting Secretary of Commerce) what Obama said; might hurt her feelings if she realizes Obama doesn’t know she exists.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Someone left the irony on again…

Seven Percent Solution on October 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

That will solve all our problems. Obama just admitted that he does not know jack shhite about business nor do any of his advisors.

kemojr on October 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Maybe Obama saw a report that said Blank was now head of the Commerce Department, and he thought that meant the post was vacant.

Did he mention he went to Harvard? Super smart!

AZCoyote on October 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Only an idiot would advocate for the creation of a Secretary of Business but only the King of Idiots would also argue that creating such a position would consolidate and streamline government.

PackerBronco on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

So true.

talkingpoints on October 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Only an idiot would advocate for the creation of a Secretary of Business

This is an old proposal. Why do you think consolidating these departments is a bad idea- Republicans have made similar proposals in the past. Is cutting government spending by $3 bil on redundant bureaucrats not good?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/14/us/politics/obama-to-ask-congress-for-power-to-merge-agencies.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

bayam on October 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Heard on the radio this morning we have 120 means-tested programs giving away over $1T annually. What Obama really wants is a “Secretary of Free Stuff”.
I’m thinking though, that they’ll finally announce that “Secretary” is an archaic sexist term, and they’ll replace it with “Administrator”.

Marcola on October 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Can you imagine who the Barking Regime would think is an appropriate Secretary for Business. Elizabeth Warren would be first choice. Followed by Hugo Chavez.

CorporatePiggy on October 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Obama to push for a “secretary of business” in a second term?

He’s not going to “push” for a God damned thing.

He’s not going to be there.

ToddPA on October 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Biz Czar.

beatcanvas on October 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Why not? He’s been running a Going Out of Business Sale for 4 years.

faraway on October 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Just what we need, a “Czar” to tell us how to run a business, how to build a business, what kind of business…good grief…

right2bright on October 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

This is an old proposal. Why do you think consolidating these departments is a bad idea- Republicans have made similar proposals in the past. Is cutting government spending by $3 bil on redundant bureaucrats not good?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/14/us/politics/obama-to-ask-congress-for-power-to-merge-agencies.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

bayam on October 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Galt is on the persuader. It is turned up to eleven.

Are you Mouch or Taggert?

I’m guessing a sick &*@# Stalinist like you is Taggert.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

This is an old proposal. Why do you think consolidating these departments is a bad idea- Republicans have made similar proposals in the past. Is cutting government spending by $3 bil on redundant bureaucrats not good?

bayam on October 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Who cares if Republicans have advocated it? If you haven’t noticed Republicans aren’t the best budget cutters either.

Yeah … we’ll cut government spending by creating a new bureaucratic agency.

Hey I got another great idea. Let’s reduce paperwork … all you have to do is fill out these forms …

You a funny man there bayam.

PackerBronco on October 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

No more gd federal depts! Like we added a bloated Dept of Education and look how well that has worked out (not well). And a Dept of (Anti-) Energy that now seems dedicated to -fighting- domestic energy production.
A Dept of Business? Insane. With O you can be sure it would work out to be the Dept of Anti-Business. Doing whatever it can to streamline the socialization of industry. Not good. Fight that crazy notion tooth and nail.

anotherJoe on October 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What we need is a “Secretary of Truthiness”.

Finbar on October 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Three years ago almost to the day (and 10 months into his new Presidency), Obama appointed John Bryson to head the Dept. of Commerce. Back in June, Secretary Bryson was involved in two accidents allegedly caused by seizures, took a medical leave of absence, and resigned June 21. Four months later, Obama has yet to nominate his replacement. Evidently it’s easier for Obama to announce an entirely new bureaucracy to promote business in the US than it is for him to nominate a secretary to a department that already has that job.

Socratease on October 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

A “Secretary of Business” ? What a joke this jerk is. Business illiteracy on full display.

petefrt on October 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The only new “Secretary” we need in the next term is a Secretary of Firing Motherf***ers answering directly to President Romney.

M240H on October 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Check out YouTube for clips from one of the great British Comedies: “Yes, Minister” and then later “Yes, Prime Minister”. Check out the task of Jim Hacker, the Minister of Administrative Affairs as he tries to “streamline” government through the creation of new agencies with the task of streamlining government.

Great comedy. Sad reality.

PackerBronco on October 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

What we need is a “Secretary of Truthiness”.

Finbar on October 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

And a Secretary of Competence.

petefrt on October 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

The only new “Secretary” we need in the next term is a Secretary of Firing Motherf***ers answering directly to President Romney.

M240H on October 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This. Liquidate DC and the surrounding swamp. In fact, return it to natural wetlands. Win Win for the eco-nazis and small gov cons.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I thought secretaries went the way of bayonets?

faraway on October 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

We should have a Department of Racism before we go with this idea.

CorporatePiggy on October 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

This is the movie “Brazil” becoming real life.

Opposite Day on October 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Hey Barry, how about a “Secretary of Profit and Earning Ratios”?

And a “Secretary of You-Didn’t-Build-That”.

petefrt on October 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Four months later, Obama has yet to nominate his replacement. Evidently it’s easier for Obama to announce an entirely new bureaucracy to promote business in the US than it is for him to nominate a secretary to a department that already has that job.

Socratease on October 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Well – since he never has Cabinet meetings, how would he know there is a vacancy? Biden said the WH just wasn’t briefed on that and Romney lied about, flip-flopped on is just politicizing it.

NeoDawg on October 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Yea, we don’t have enough Business Killing regulations already. We need a Business Killing Czar to make sure no business survives! The Marxist Messiah’s Ideology will not be stopped!
ADDENDUM on how to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 29, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I remain baffled how such a dope and fraud made it through college and law school.

steveracer on October 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Biz Czar.

beatcanvas on October 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Capitalism Czar

faraway on October 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Thread co-winners. Honorable mention: Corporations Czar (Corp Czar)

Christien on October 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I remain baffled how such a dope and fraud made it through college and law school.

steveracer on October 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I remain baffled that so many Americans were duped by such a petulant fraud. Obama isn’t intelligent. He is crafty and sly…kinda like any old reprobate Chicago politician.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies.

No thanks ….you’ve had your chance as manager Mr. Obama, and you haven’t listened to all your unhappy customers. No sense telling us what you want to do as we’re about to employ your replacement.

lynncgb on October 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I remain baffled how such a dope and fraud made it through college and law school.

steveracer on October 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Affirmative Action of course. Without AA he has a nice career as a used Mercedes salesman.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Secretary of Profit Taking

BobMbx on October 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I remain baffled how such a dope and fraud made it through college and law school.

steveracer on October 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Affirmative Action of course. Without AA he has a nice career as a used Mercedes salesman.

AA helped, but don’t forget his self-serving mentors who gladly helped in the fraud to guide Barry to where he is now. Otherwise you wouldn’t buy a used Yugo from him, let alone a pre-owned Mercedes.

hawkeye54 on October 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

“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,”

Romney: The President says he wants to appoint a Secretary of Business. Right or wrong, at least he’s finally seeing that there is a problem. Unfortunately what he doesn’t see, can’t see, refuses to see, is that the problem is he.

unrealizedviewpoint on October 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I want to consolidate eliminate a whole bunch of government agencies.

Much better.

hawkeye54 on October 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Dodd-Frank also created a huge protection racket for the too-big-to-fail banks while harming smaller banks. The bill was nothing more than Obysmal’s cronyism writ large.

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Have to hand it to Barry, he’ll have a “Business Secretary” to insure that business’s properly contribute to the DNC.

GarandFan on October 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Obama has binders full of secretaries.

Christien on October 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I’m sure that when Elizabeth Warren (Princess Chow NOW) loses her bid for the Senate, she can fill the bill for this new bureaucracy, given her vast experience in slinging Sitting Bull.

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Affirmative Action of course. Without AA he has a nice career as a used Mercedes salesman.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

And then only in a neighborhood where businesses have to have iron bars on the windows, concrete pillars in front of the building, and razor wire on the top of fences.

MelonCollie on October 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Could we have a referendum added to the ballot that would toss this buffoon out of office the day after he loses the election?

As a consolation prize, he could be awarded the title of Secretary of Dunces Sitting in the Corner.

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Did anyone already suggest that it be Romney?

DeathtotheSwiss on October 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The amount and level of stupidity coming from this administration is unprecedented.

ButterflyDragon on October 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

But not unexpected.

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Not learning a thing from failure.

We have had decades of dreamy leftists poisoning minds all over the country. I prayed that electing the greatest lefty they could imagine might have a silver lining.

I knew that a real debate during these campaigns with the economy showing the effect of massive debt and big government in high relief would be a teachable moment. They might even learn that deregulation and competition have benefits.

Well, a billion or so dollars later….the big government gang has seen failure but learned nothing. We just need fine tuning and reform.

Bad mortgages didn’t cause problems, President Bush did. Beyond that, all we have are issues and distractions that serve no purpose.

IlikedAUH2O on October 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

We don’t need any more secretaries of B.S. or czars. We need a Fixer and that person is Romney.

Go gracefully, Obamas. You really need to plan a classy exit. It is time.

Key West Reader on October 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

So what’s next? Secretary of Vacations? Secretary of Hobbies? Why not Secretary of Sports..?

affenhauer on October 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

So what’s next? Secretary of Vacations? Secretary of Hobbies? Why not Secretary of Sports..?

affenhauer on October 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Are you saying Obama doesn’t have these?

unrealizedviewpoint on October 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Czar of Income Redistribution…Obama has proposed that

workingclass artist on October 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Gee and he thinks Romney is a bull$hitter.

DaveDief on October 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Actually, that should be Ministry of Business.

ConservativeLA on October 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Obama’s handlers (i.e. Valerie Jarrett) really need to run a few of their ideas through Wordbank or some other organization that field tests brands and acronymns for cultural correctness.

Secretary of Business (S.O.B.)
Winning the Future (W.T.F.)

Two ideas that would have bit the dust if we had actual Americans running our country.

Then again … look who “we” elected:

B.O.

I’m guessing B.O. is not offensive in third-world meccas.

Nicole Coulter on October 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

He changes the names of holidays too along with name changes to significant events. He’s goofy and has the vocabulary of an uneducated person.

mixplix on October 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

This Obama imbecile is beyond hope or redemption. Every time a Left Wing President screws something up, we get a new, useless, fantastically expensive Federal bureaucracy to deal with. With Carter it was the utterly useless Department of Energy (which has never produced much, if any, energy.) With Obama, who has screwed up the economy beyond belief, we will get a Department of Business to promote crony capitalism and Government domination over the private sector. No thanks. Vote for Romney as many times as you can next Tuesday.

Rogervzv on October 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

At least the new Secretary of Business could have a really cool theme song.

Bigfoot on October 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I thought she was the Under secretary of Bidness

burrata on October 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Under Secretary of “Bill”ness.

TulsAmerican on October 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

And how exactly would this be a different department then the Commerce Department? If he wants to consolidate business operations why not consolidate them into a department where they all are suppose to be in the first place? “Commerce” means “Business.”

Fred 2 on October 30, 2012 at 1:08 AM

::::: SIGH ::::::

TX-96 on October 30, 2012 at 5:47 AM

And then only in a neighborhood where businesses have to have iron bars on the windows, concrete pillars in front of the building, and razor wire on the top of fences.

MelonCollie on October 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Like Benghazi?

GWB on October 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Next he’ll suggest creating a Secretary of Not-Getting-Murdered-in-Benghazi. That’ll show everybody he’s on the ball.

Jack Squat Bupkis on October 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I guess that Obama does not know that we already have a Secretary of Commerce. However, after Obamacare takes effect a huge portion of our economy will be run by the Federal Government.

SC.Charlie on October 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

More like a Secretary of Cronyism is what is sounds like to me.

Heftyjo on October 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Great idea. An office who’s job is to oppose everything Obama and the Dems in Congress are always pushing. And the first appointee is . . . Mitt Romney?

flataffect on October 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Apparently our Idiot-in-Chief doesn’t know we already have a Department of Commerce.

sherrimae on October 30, 2012 at 11:26 PM

He’ll add this position to the same EO that declares him King.

rplat on November 1, 2012 at 8:10 AM

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