The Ron Paul campaign has long been saying that the Texas Congressman’s rivals in the Republican Presidential Primary make halfhearted attempts to copy his “cut the size of Federal government” message, but the campaign says he now has an unlikely imitator in the Administration of Barack Obama.
A campaign statement pointed out the attempt:
“Just like most of the Republican presidential candidates, President Obama really isn’t going to consolidate government or cut spending. But also like them, the President apparently thinks it’s important to try to sound like Ron Paul. Paul’s budget plan eliminates five federal departments, transferring some functions to other departments, allowing for $1 trillion to be cut in the first year.”
The comparison between Obama and Paul’s GOP rivals comes as the White House recently announced a new plan to consolidate Federal agencies, beginning with those related to trade and commerce. The Administration claims that the plan will eliminate about 1,000 Federal jobs and save $3 billion over a 10-year span.
The President said his plan to consolidate agencies is a part of a promise he made last year during the State of the Union address to create a leaner, more efficient Federal bureaucracy.
Obama will propose combining the functions and staff of six trade- and commerce-related agencies and offices: the Small Business Administration; the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; the Export-Import Bank; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and the Trade and Development Agency, according to reports.
The move has been met by opposition from some lawmakers who say it could hamper the government’s ability to quickly implement new trade and commerce programs, but many Republicans have supported the plan because it falls in line with small government policy, according to The Washington Post.
The Paul campaign has pointed out that the President’s plan is little more than a symbolic gesture that will merely put a dent in Federal spending and bureaucracy.