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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

First you say you will...

Rick Perry now loves the Commerce Department.

The agency has been on the Texas governor's hit list of three (or was that four?) federal departments that he'd ax if we won the presidency. But here's betting on a change of mind, now that Barack Obama has that same department in his sights.

And expect the do-nothing Republican leadership to rush to praise the department and bemoan Obama's attack on small business and commerce.

To be honest, Obama's call to fold the Small Business Administration, United States Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency -- plus the business and trade functions of the Commerce Department -- into one agency is a campaign year ploy.

A Republican leadership that balks at extending payroll tax cuts for the middle class because Obama proposed it, certainly isn't about to get on board for a plan that would save $3 billion over 10 years and result in reductions of 1,000 to 2,000 jobs.

And that's the point about the mindless, knee-jerk opposition from a group that puts politics and party above the needs of he nation.

But it will be delicious watching Mitt Romney defending bureaucrats against the ruthless tide of Obama's attack on small business.

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