By Pat Stacey
President Barack Obama has reached across the political aisle and requested that Congress give him the authority to reduce the size of government.
Specifically, the president wants to consolidate the Department of Commerce and several other government agencies in the name of efficiency and expense reduction.
Outside of the recent military cuts, this is one of the largest moves so far by the president to truly cut government spending and it is possibly the most visible.
So what could the motivation be behind this blatant conservative-style move? It looks like there are a load of political overtones as the President tries to appear to be the fiscal watchdog, ready to make a change and it possibly puts the conservative congressional leadership in a bad light if they don't embrace this request.
The president can use this to his political advantage either way by winning moderate voters and even some conservatives that aren't interested Mitt Romney or it makes the republicans look bad because they won't compromise to get something they supposedly want.
Either way there is political capital at stake.
Yes the Washington, D. C. governing machine grinds to a halt as every action by both parties becomes a calculated political chess move and it is many times not in the best interest of the country. But this consolidation move, regardless of the motives, is good for streamlining government and that is something we need more of and it will make for a Better East Texas.