(GovExec.com – Charles S. Clark)
President Obama used his Tuesday State of the Union address to call for a government and financial system for “Americans who work hard and play by the rules,” defending his administration’s use of regulations and pushing the plan he announced earlier to streamline the federal bureaucracy.
“The executive branch . . . needs to change,” he said. “Too often, it’s inefficient, outdated and remote. That’s why I’ve asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy so that our government is leaner, quicker and more responsive to the needs of the American people.”
Much of Obama’s address was crafted around a detailed defense of government’s role in regulating the financial, energy, agriculture and health care industries. “There is no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or too costly,” he said. “In fact, I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his. I’ve ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don’t make sense.” Read more here.
Date: January 26, 2012