Obama's New Jobs Plan: Create a Secretary of Business

Posted: Oct 29, 2012 2:06 PM

If he gets another term, President Obama has a new plan about how to get businesses hiring again. He wants to appoint a Secretary of Business. Yes, that means creating another government position which will naturally lead to more paper work, more bureaucracy and more chaos for the country's job creators.

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 Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

Under the president's original proposal, six different commerce and trade agencies, including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Export-Import Bank, would be brought under one roof.

The president also said the SBA should be elevated to a Cabinet-level position.

Lets get real. We all know with President Obama's history of expanding government and appointing dozens of czars, he has no interest to actually create a "one-stop shop" for business oversight. Not to mention, giving business another governmental oversight figure will only cause more problems and continue to slow job growth. The government doesn't create jobs, small businesses do and they don't need a "Secretary of Business" telling them how to do it, either. Not to mention, President Obama has a contemptuous relationship with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. If he was really trying to help businesses, he would listen to more of the Chamber's suggestions.