Get Smart

Jen Kuznicki
By Jen Kuznicki | July 8, 2013 | 2:16 PM EDT

President Obama is pushing forward with yet another new initiative to make government smart.

President Obama is directing his cabinet to find more efficient, "smarter" ways to run government in his second term just two days after his administration opened the door to widespread fraud in the roll out of health care exchanges this fall.

Obama will focus on progress the administration has already made in three key areas: "Delivering government services better, smarter and faster ... finding ways to reduce waste and save taxpayers money; and ... opening up huge amounts of government data to give entrepreneurs and businesses the ability to create jobs and solve problems."

The push for "smarter" government six months into Obama's second term comes after the administration announced Friday that it would significantly scale back Obamacare's requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers income and health insurance status, as the Washington Post reported Friday.

Let's see, we have smart cars, smart phones, smart cards, smart meters, smart regulations, smart immigration, smart disclosure, smart power, smart energy, smart cyber-security, smart use of technology, smart manufacturing, smart innovation, smart policing, smart growth, smart snacks and smart buildings, yet has being smart fallen by the way side?

Would you believe the entire government seems to lack smart people?

Even after five years of saying the same thing, Obama's administration is still run by a bunch of blooming morons, I guess:

  • In his inaugural address in January of 2009, Obama called for a "government that works."
  • Then in 2010, he told the graduating class of the University of Michigan, " "So, class of 2010, what we should be asking is not whether we need 'big government' or a 'small government,' but how we can create a smarter and better government."
  • Then in 2011, "If we believe the government can make a difference in people's lives," he said, "we have the obligation to prove that it works - by making government smarter, and leaner and more effective...
  • "In 2012, in his remarks on government reform, Obama said: "I Ran For Office Pledging To Make Our Government Leaner And Smarter And More Consumer-Friendly." OBAMA: "I ran for office pledging to make our government leaner and smarter and more consumer-friendly. And from the moment I got here, I saw up close what many of you know to be true: The government we have is not the government that we need."

The old, "don't stop believin'" trick.

So here we are in 2013, the President is the target of numerous and despicable scandals, his profligate spending a seeming non-issue for his dwindling supporters, and he comes at us with a BS line that means nothing and is not achievable.

Missed it by that much.

The government that he represents is too obese to be swift at anything, never mind leaner nor more effective.  It cannot be done, and this is the argument we have been having with this POTUS for 5 years now.  The thing is, he doesn't really care about the nothing words coming out of his mouth, he's buying time and acting busy and seeming interested in addressing an issue, any issue that is not controversial.

The government is out of control in every way, and even though it is too late to remove him by election, it is not too late to study his actions.  These techniques are used by every progressive, be they Republican or Democrat to grow the government over concerns it's too big, or too weak, or too engaged, or not engaged enough, or whatever they can get away with saying.  Of course we agree the government is not operating in a smart manner, but the answer to that is not to increase government to provide scrutiny over itself, the answer is less government.

The very fact, as the Washington Examiner points out, that he is announcing his ongoing "smart" government right after he admits he can't implement his signature law because it's too complicated shows the impossibility of one fixing the other.  If the obese government were just a teensy bit smarter, it would have no problem implementing its obese mandates, right?

But it can't.  It's too big!  It's too vast, and like an 800 pound human, it cannot function properly, and cannot hardly even breathe.

Americans don't really feel how massive government affects them, until it comes time to pay for it, and that day is fast approaching and in many cases is nigh.  For all its wild fake glory, nobody is chomping at the bit to receive Obamacare, and they will not understand the price tag of services they are not receiving, smart or actually otherwise.