The incredible shrinking president promised big news today on how to streamline government, an announcement greeted with the ridicule it so richly deserves. Well, as it turns out, this latest smoke and mirrors nonsense turns out to merely be a “continuation” of efforts allegedly already in place. Or as Obama is fond of saying, there’s no there there.
President Obama said Monday he told his staff to continue efforts to develop a “smarter” and “more innovative” government, using new technology to deliver better services and save money.
“We’ve made some good progress on all fronts,” Obama said in remarks at the White House. “But we need to do more.”
Obama said he has assigned new budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head up the continuation of an effort made in his first term to modernize government.
And we all know how modern and efficient his administration has been. Of course this dog-and-pony nonsense just blames Congress for his own ineptitude.
At a time when Congress is holding up many of the president’s legislative priorities, the initiative is a way Obama can try to show leadership on improving government without lawmaker approval.
In other words, more executive orders bypassing Congress. This is “streamlined government” to authoritarians like Obama. Meanwhile, the continuing efforts at streamlining, supposedly already in place for years with no results, will add on some so-called Presidential Innovation Fellows.
Obama is tasking his budget director, Sylvia Matthew Burrell, to lead the effort. The administration also has chosen 43 Presidential Innovation Fellows, many from the tech industry, to help find ways to improve government efficiency.
We wonder how much they’ll cost. Surely this most transparent administration ever will quickly divulge the numbers. Here’s video if you need some laughs: