published Saturday, August 20th, 2011

A 'Department of Jobs'?

President Barack Obama's low approval ratings are closely linked to the ongoing, severe weakness of the U.S. economy -- economic weakness for which his policies bear partial responsibility.

But rather than acknowledge that his big-government approach to the economy has had poor results, he seems to be grasping at straws in his latest efforts to turn things around.

One of his silliest proposals would be to give some federal departments a better-sounding name, apparently to try to convince the American people that the administration is really "doing something" about the economy.

The president might merge the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and some divisions of the State Department to create a new agency.

"Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness," The New York Times reported.

A Department of Jobs? A Department of Competitiveness?

Does the president honestly believe that giving federal bureaucracies a new name will somehow create jobs or boost our nation's ability to compete?

The problem isn't that federal agencies have the wrong names, it's that they are implementing the wrong policies under the Obama administration -- and spending money that our country does not have!

Ending the economic crisis isn't going to be easy. But surely no one thinks that re-labeling government departments is a serious step toward reducing unemployment or promoting economic growth.

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