In what appears to be a pre-emptive move to appeal to centrist and fiscally conservative voters this coming November, President Obama has proposed abolishing and/or merging five federal agencies and the Department of Commerce. The action is slated to save $3 billion over ten years, and reduce the federal payroll by 1,000 to 2,000 jobs.
From the L.A. Times:
Under his blueprint, Commerce would be merged with the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency.
Saving $3 bilion over ten years is really a drop in the bucket but it’s a good start, especially when all you’re losing is a few office buildings worth of bureaucrats from agencies that most Americans have never heard of or dealt with. We here at The Truth About Guns have a bigger, better idea. An idea that will save the American taxpayer another eleven billion dollars over the next decade, and shrink the Federal payroll by 5,145 useless bureaucrats that most Americans fear and loathe (or would if they really knew what they were doing.)
Our suggestion would also save the lives of thousands of Mexican nationals each year, by abolishing the conspiracy that deliberately and illegally channeled thousands of firearms into the hands of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
And what is our suggestion? Add the ATFE to the list of useless and duplicative federal agencies to be abolished. Click here to download the ATFE’s 2011 budget request and learn exactly how many of our dollars they’ve been pissing away. Any of the ATFE’s legitimate law-enforcement duties (not to include gun smuggling, harassment of FFL holders, and entrapping clueless gun owners for 922(r) mistakes) can be done more effectively and with (at least a little bit) more integrity by the FBI.
Trust us, Mr. President: abolishing the ATFE will earn you more centrist and fiscally-conservative voters that you ever imagined. If you really want to take the wind out of Mitt Romney’s sails, come out in favor of the Second Amendment.