In an unusually candid set of remarks delivered on Wednesday, U. President Barack Obama expressed concern that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s fast and comprehensive consolidation of power could lead to human rights violations and increased nationalism in China. C., Obama said that Xi has “has consolidated power faster and more comprehensively than probably anybody since Deng Xiaoping.” While it has become almost cliche at this point to compare Xi’s consolidation of power to that of Deng Xiaoping, Obama had refrained from making the comparison before.
Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.” Rather than emphasizing the possibilities of being a free man or woman in a free land, he emphasized the individual American’s powerlessness in the absence of the centralized state.
In yet another incredible line that the Founders never would have uttered, Obama seemingly provided the answer: “Being true to our founding documents…does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way.” Indeed, for the Founders, liberty meant freedom, and it was a gift from God.
For Obama, it’s not entirely clear what liberty means, but he apparently knows “liberty” when he sees it — and he sees it as not being threatened by centralized power, but rather as emanating from it.
And more often than not, new agencies were added without taking any away. Consolidating these agencies along with other related programs will help entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes grow, compete, and hire, leveraging one cohesive Department with one mission: to spur job creation and expand the U. The Federal Government is a maze of Federal agencies with overlapping services and missions, making it difficult for businesses – and especially small ones – to find the assistance they need to export, expand, and hire.
Unlike the authority granted in the past, the President’s proposal would initiate new accountability by mandating that any plan must reduce the number of government agencies or save taxpayer dollars. The President laid out his first proposed use of that authority consolidating six agencies into one more efficient agency to promote competitiveness, exports and American business. Department of Commerce’s core business and trade functions, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U. He established the Government Reform for Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative to examine how we can update the Federal government to better support America’s competitiveness in a 21st century global economy.
Or as he put it, “[W]e have always understood…that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” To be clear, Obama doesn’t mean this in the sense of a limited government’s importance in securing certain unalienable rights.