Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Decimating Executive Agencies, Step One

Let’s start with the Executive Office of the President.  The Council of Economic Advisers, which does little other than prepare an annual report on the economy (also prepared by numerous private organizations), the National Economic Council, the Domestic Economic Council, and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board should be collapsed into one office with the best people from each of the four.  The number of staff should be cut by three-quarters.  If the president wants to hear different opinions on domestic policy, one staff person can compile a daily sample from internet postings and blogs.  See how easy this is.

There is no need for the Council on Environmental Quality given the various agencies in the departments of Energy, Interior, and Justice dealing with environmental issues.

The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is not a proper function of the federal government.  It is an entity that was established to satisfy a narrow political constituency.

The Office of National AIDS Policy is readily subsumed within any of several agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services.  Ditto for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

It is a straightforward exercise to eliminate 7 of the 20 agencies in the Executive Office of the President.

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