From the Wall Street Journal this morning:
President Barack Obama said Friday that he will exercise his executive authority to elevate the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level position.
The announcement came along with a broader proposal from Mr. Obama to combine the SBA with five other government offices that would become a single, streamlined agency. Under the Obama plan, the SBA administration would no longer be in the Cabinet once the reorganization is complete.
… “As of today, I am elevating the Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level agency,” Mr. Obama said. “Karen Mills, who’s been doing an outstanding job leading that agency, is going to make sure that small-business owners have their own seat at the table in our Cabinet meetings,” he said.
Several media outlets are already reporting this as a testament to the president’s commitment to American business. Personally, I think it’s a rather telling insight into the administration’s complete misapprehension of the nature of commerce. The fact that the president and his staff think the biggest gift that they can provide to American business is making a mind-numbing bureaucracy that’s in the business of handing out other people’s money incrementally less complicated (and really, how many federal employees do we think will get pink slips as a result of the reshuffling?) speaks volumes.
America’s small businesses don’t need a seat at the table in the Cabinet Room. They need everyone who does have a seat at that table to leave them well enough alone.