How much has the federal government grown since the Washington administration? Lets look at terms of all of the departments, the new Obama supported expansion via czars, and my proposal to scale back the idiotic size of government.
President Washington's cabinet :
President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of War (defense), Attorney General, and Post Master General (7).
President Obama's cabinet :
President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of health & human services, Secretary of Housing & Urban development, Secretary of transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of homeland security, White House chief of staff, Director of the office of management & budget, United States trade representative, EPA, Ambassador to the United Nations, Council of economic adviser's. Obama also has anywhere from 16-19 czars, ranging from a car czar to the newly created cyber security czar, all of these czars require no Senate approval - and answer all to Obama only, they also expand the power & grasp of government. (23 departments, 16-19 czars).
For those reading at home - President Washington = 7, President Obama = 39-42.
Now that we have seen the Executive branch has grown nearly 500% in the last 200 years, without any real reason, and that the expansion of government has increased rapidly over the past several months. What do we do? What departments & czars should be eliminated? I personally believe all czars should be eliminated, and I believe the following departments/positions should go as well :
Council of economic advisers - we already have the Department of Treasury, eliminate or merge this department.
EPA - an government organization that can set standards & law without Congressional approval,among other reasons needs to be eliminated.
Director of the office of Management & Budget - we already have the Department of Treasury, we do not need this position, eliminate or merge.
Secretary of Homeland Security - we already have the Department of Defense & the Attorney General, either eliminate, merge, or divide this department.
Secretary of Education - federal government has no right to be involved in education, that is a state, local governments - as well as the parents responsibility, eliminate this position.
Secretary of Energy - when it comes to the Nation's reserves in oil, this department should be merged with the Department of Defense, for all other uses - let the free market dictate energy, merge part and eliminate rest.
Secretary of Transportation - Is this position/department really needed at a federal level? Every state has its only department of transportation, eliminate.
Secretary of Housing & Urban development - This is another area that should be left to individual states, cities, and the free market to decide, not the federal government, eliminate.
Secretary of Health & Human services - the federal government has no reason to be involved with healthcare issues, especially when they do nothing to resolve any problems - let the states or free market deal with healthcare, eliminate.
Secretary of Labor - Government is suppose to be out all aspects of the free market, leave it to the free market, eliminate.
Secretary of Commerce - Commerce is suppose to be handled by the legislative branch only, in terms of setting law dealing with interstate commerce & coining currency, eliminate.
Secretary of Agriculture - leave agriculture to the farmers & free market only, eliminate.
I also dislike the United Nations ambassador, as I believe the United States needs to leave the United States over the next several years, although I highly doubt that will occur.
My proposals :
Eliminate - 16-19 czars, 8 positions/departments.
Eliminate or Merge - 4 positions/departments.
Overall : Eliminate 16-19 czars & 8-12 departments. The savings of being out of these areas, creating less government involvement, and fewer government employees would save the federal government billions & scope the government back to size.
Thoughts & comments?
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