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I told you at the top of the shell about president Obama's latest effort to expand is executive power.
He's asking congress for the authority to consolidate what he calls redundant federal agencies.
Is the president now trying to say he's for smaller government here's Fox News political analysts -- my hands.
Well you know I got to plays some sound from Obama today because I have to tell you I at first I thought it was Mitt Romney listen to this.
No business or nonprofit leader.
Would allow this kind of duplication or unnecessary.
In their operations.
You when -- -- when you're thinking about your business it's.
So why is it okay for our government.
It has to change.
Isn't the president here channeling the Republican -- the government needs to be smaller -- he can make for a net more efficient government meaning it's despite everything else he's done.
Obama care everything else to the side.
Yeah I think this is a political move and -- comes in the midst of a very intense political assault coming from Republicans against the idea that.
This president has simply expanded government and that he wants to expand it even more in and you know the rhetoric Gerri it's all about European style government more entitlements and alike.
And here he is saying in specific to the charge that he has been unfriendly to business are very strong charge coming from Republicans that he is making.
These efforts in the name of helping small business cut through all of -- gobbledygook red tape -- any word you wanna attached to it.
So I think it's political I think that it.
You know let's have some effect potentially -- your small business makers there really has a lot of red tape.
But it's not a huge effort it does remind me having been around awhile of Caspar Weinberger -- -- tonight he was gonna cut government or.
Al Gore was that he was -- -- reinvent government.
Both of them failed in that effort we'll see how far this one -- We don't think you think that creates all kinds of conflicts that are probably totally unintended for example you'll end up with the SBA the Small Business Administration against loans to small business.
In the same department as the export import bank which loans to American multinationals.
They may end up fighting each other for the same -- sources that seems sort of silly to me.
Well the question is.
Right now they currently fighting each other for the same resources out of a bigger pot -- that pot gets allocated down to these various agencies.
US trade opaque export import all the rest.
And the question is can it can you by having this consolidated really reduce.
Duplicity you know where somebody is duplicating efforts here and somebody is taking -- from one group and not from another.
Really to streamline it is going to be very difficult and you know talking to people the White House today they said you know it's very hard -- make it happen I'm thinking here that.
The new chief of staff in particular who used to be over that -- -- be used you know check.
Yet it is is of -- -- that you know everybody has jurisdictional lines all the congressional committees.
-- lines -- response nobody's going to say we it's a great idea let's just get it done in a hurry.
Well let me -- -- about that political.
Let me ask you -- about that because I think one of the things that's interesting you said this this really isn't that big -- -- deal it's not huge a huge deal.
The -- ultimately it's not that much of the federal budget.
We all know what the federal budget is mostly made up of and it's entitlement spending yet you don't really hear the president -- chapter and verse.
About how that should be changed and soon.
All his ideas or out way out 2017.
Well because you know it's like either we hold hands and jump together or I'm not going and that's what the president said that Republicans.
Unless you guys are serious about cutting entitlements -- are willing to put something on Paper now obviously what we have seen is Paul Ryan -- put some stuff on Paper and it had a big backlash for Paul Ryan I think that's why the president.
Didn't buy it to any of these committees and groups that we're together that had suggestions about.
Syria have been no real leadership here -- that -- showed the Rio like I'm a leader and here's how we fix this problem.
Gerri Willis how far are you from Washington DC imagine that we're -- just sell all -- the same -- Paul Ryan did it.
Why did anyway I heard that -- he got hurt I know there's some of -- Republican ranks that celebrate Paul Ryan for being so courageous but the fact is politically it's become a real problem for the parties are certainly with.
Seniors you know the heart and soul of the Republican Party who don't want to see their Medicare cut and remember Newt Gingrich saying it was right wing social engineering.
OK we have to talk about this new book the obamas.
Which is is getting so much attention really interesting staff let's listen to what Michelle Obama had say about it.
I guess it's more interesting to imagine.
This conflict -- situation here and a strong woman and you know but that's been an image that people have tried to -- -- me since the you know the days you -- announced that on some angry.
Did this book called the Obama says it -- to the First Lady as an angry black woman.
And -- immediate paint her in the same way.
Nobody's paying very very angry black woman she's one and I think she is the most popular occupant in that White House by far.
And she's a pretty popular First Lady by any measure compared to Laura Bush sure.
Hillary Clinton any -- -- very popular First -- people like really approve over they like the -- she's been raised in the kids.
And this White House has strategically.
Made it a point this they she wasn't participating.
In all the president's controversial ideas specifically health -- but.
Now on the basis of the book it looks like in fact there's been a transition.
And that she's not just doing obesity and military families and raising the girls.
But insisting that she should have a role she tried apparently have a big role in healthcare and they told -- don't do what you risk your popularity.
But she's very protective of this president very critical the staff when she feels they're not performing up to.
Than the need of protecting her man.
Well I think the book almost.
Describes her as the power behind the throne is that true do you think this Michelle Obama around the White House.
Not in the least but I do think that it's the case that Michelle Obama.
Valerie Jarrett who's -- top advisor there.
They're up Karbala source -- -- you know bear that the women who I think have a strong pull on President Obama and if you are Rama Manuel if you are Robert Gibbs.
Buddy there's no way you're gonna win that fight that's why -- Robert Gibbs ended up.
Using the expletive I should just put it that way in describing her when she was critical of him and why Rahm Emanuel got tired over.
He didn't like the fight he -- like the idea that somehow.
People -- -- serious legislative political experience had so much -- so much Tug on the president's air.
Interesting staff which they did go on and on one it's great to see you happy weekend have a good one.