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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

In Chamber of Commerce speech, Obama mentions reorganization, regulation plans

By Ed O'Keefe


VIDEO | By The Associated Press

President Obama reiterated Monday that his plans to reorganize the federal government will begin with the 12 agencies responsible for trade.

Speaking before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Obama said he's pushing to make the government "more effective and customer-friendly."

"In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America," Obama said. "And we want to start with the 12 different agencies that deal with America's exports. If we hope to help our businesses sell more goods around the world, we should ensure we are all pulling in the same direction."

His comments echo plans he first outlined two weeks ago in his State of the Union address.

Obama also reminded business leaders that he's ordered a review of regulations that may be stifling economic growth.

"Already we're dramatically cutting down on the paperwork that saddles businesses with huge administrative costs," he said. "We're improving the way FDA evaluates things like medical devices, to get innovative and life-saving treatments to market faster. And the EPA, based on the need for further scientific analysis, delayed the greenhouse gas permitting rules for biomass."

Obama also said he is set to propose a five-year freeze on annual domestic spending that should cut the deficit by more than $400 billion in the next decade. The freeze would bring federal spending down to the lowest share of the U.S. economy since the Eisenhower administration, he said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 7, 2011; 12:03 PM ET
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Obama said he's pushing to make the government "more effective and customer-friendly."

Huh? Does Obama know that Govt doesn't have any customers?? Does he realize that Govt confiscates assets instead of producing anything? Until he recognizes this truth, our economy will continue its death spiral.

Posted by: NO-bama | February 7, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Oboob also said that "..employers have a moral obligation to hire people.." I am still ROFLMAO. MORAL obligation? What is he smoking? It's very obvious he's never run so much as a lemonade stand, much less anything else. The only moral obligation I have is to stay in business and even then, it extends only to the people I currently agree to support. Does he accept a MORAL OBLIGATION to keep me in business? Hardly, or he would have fired half his employees years ago. What a joke the guy is..

Posted by: flintston | February 7, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

No-bama wrote:

Huh? Does Obama know that Govt doesn't have any customers?? Does he realize that Govt confiscates assets instead of producing anything? Until he recognizes this truth, our economy will continue its death spiral.

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You do not know what your talking about. The government has hundreds of millions of customers. Every map in the US derives ultimately from the USGS map makers. GPS systems all use government satellites which means every mobile phone user in the US is a customer.

You must not remember what the air and water was like in the US in the mid seventies when the clean air and clean water acts were enacted. I do and I can tell you that the difference is HUGE.

Every time you do anything you benefit from government services whither you acknowledge them, or not.

To say or think otherwise is an indication of a cranial vacuum that threatens an implosion every time you open your mouth.

Posted by: reussere | February 7, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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