BREAKING: Obama announces plan to elevate SBA
January 13th, 2012
11:50 AM ET
8 years ago

BREAKING: Obama announces plan to elevate SBA

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday he is elevating the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet-level agency.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    OK, so in one article he says he wants to shrink the government and now he wants to create a whole new federal bureacracy??? Cabinet level positions ALWAYS get bigger. Again, more Obama election year smoke and mirrors. Too bad he didn't spend the last 3 years helping small business instead of trying to tax them more. Obama simply cannot be trusted with all of these election year smoke and mirror manuevers. They do NOT fit the person we have seen in action over the last 3 years. If this clown gets re-elected, he'll revert back to the socialist he was in the first 3 years.

    January 13, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. al in memphis

    Since small business produce the most new job creation and are less likely to outsource jobs to other countries, this is long overdue and a sign of a President who gets it. Yeah, small businesses will fail and more will rise up, that's just the nature of a free market system. But the system has to have more of a level playing field.

    January 13, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. TeedyG

    Another of his 'idea-of-the-week' propositions. Leave it in Commerce, chief!

    January 13, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. ContrastandCompare

    We need to stop copying Venzuala, Cuba and China.

    What happened to "We the people", not "Me the government control freak."

    January 13, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. truindep

    please Mr. Pres- stop helping the US , please

    January 13, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Bill

    Wow, after three years of being the most business unfriendly president ever its too late to try now. Does he really think at this late hour the American people will believe he cares about jobs or business? Don't even try to ask us to believe this Obama.

    January 13, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. craig

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth. This is a socialist move, any move to help business by the govrnment is indeed socialist. This is where the hypocrasy lies with the Amercan voter. Truth be told, Americans only thing that we can handle real capitalism.

    January 13, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. kat

    Please crawl back under your rock until after the election. We can't afford anymore of your bright ideas.

    January 13, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Kay2012

    If we could only keep him in a quiet room until the election so he doesn't do any more damage. Please, please stop!

    January 13, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. NJ Chicago

    Funny that people ignore that Obama has created over 111 agencies. This is a drop in the bucket compared to what he has created. And if it was so good, why did he wait until the campaign months to do it? Why not three years ago when we needed it? Besides, all he is doing is shuffling the deck chairs. He's not actually shrinking anything. But now he wants the authority to do so, which could be a disaster in the future.

    January 13, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    NJ Chicago

    Funny that people ignore that Obama has created over 111 agencies.
    Good grief. The lies get bigger by the day. Name ten of them. I dare you. That should be easy.

    January 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Worst idea to come from the Federal government since the creation of the Departmant of Homeland Security.

    January 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Dr. Knowit all

    NO NO and H%LL NO !
    The last thing we need is the president and his commuinist Tzars having more controlling power.
    More regulations and control over peoples lives at the drop of a hat.
    Not Obama or any future President !

    January 13, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. ContrastandCompare

    Sounds like more of taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

    January 13, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Dr. Knowit all

    Rudy NYC – Read the Health Care Bill for a start. Even MSNBC admits there are 32 in the mess.
    The total overall stands at 159.

    January 13, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. A gift for Rudy !

    Taken from Carolina Patriots – The first ten just for you Rudy
    1. Grant program for consumer assistance offices (Section 1002, p. 37)
    2. Grant program for states to monitor premium increases (Section 1003, p. 42)
    3. Committee to review administrative simplification standards (Section 1104, p. 71)
    4. Demonstration program for state wellness programs (Section 1201, p. 93)
    5. Grant program to establish state Exchanges (Section 1311(a), p. 130)
    6. State American Health Benefit Exchanges (Section 1311(b), p. 131)
    7. Exchange grants to establish consumer navigator programs (Section 1311(i), p. 150)
    8. Grant program for state cooperatives (Section 1322, p. 169)
    9. Advisory board for state cooperatives (Section 1322(b)(3), p. 173)
    10. Private purchasing council for state cooperatives (Section 1322(d), p. 177)

    January 13, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Patriot Awesome

    Dr, Knowit all – Can you name at least 10 of these 159 agencies?

    January 13, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. MTATL67

    Now we will find the Republican party is against a stream lined smaller government. I've read their twitts no constructive criticism or ideas just more "no to everything" partisan rhetoric.

    January 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    First GOPer/Teatroll to complain about "czars" (as if that has anything to do with this) wins an intertubes. Using the word "dictator" or proving Godwin's Law gets you a bonus cookie.

    January 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Something must be showing up in his internal polling. First of all, he comes up with a "consolidation" effort... now he wants to elevate this to a cabinet-level position. Sounds to me like the genius of 1600 Pennsylvania is just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. How pathetic.

    January 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    And if he had said "Chamber of Commerce" instead of "Small Business Admin," the GOPers/Teatrolls wouldn't be complaining.

    January 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    You need to look up the word "agency" in the dictionary. A grant program is not an agency in and of itself. Grants are administered by agencies, not the other way around.

    But since you want to compare crib notes, then know this. Dick Cheney was out of the public eye because he was either ill or working with the Dept. Of Homeland Security. By the time Obama was sworn in, DHS was almost as large as a second Dept of Defense. It was comprised of over 400 separate sub-agencies with annual budget projected to hit $100 billion in 2012.

    January 13, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. diridi

    fair and fair, you got to be from the mountains of either Rocky or Smoky. Who knows nothing of the world....shame on you in 21st century. World is progressing, not digressing...

    January 13, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Dr. Knowit all

    Looks like 10 were already listed. Just do a little research and reading on your own. They are all out there in plain view.

    January 13, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. roadwarrior

    all the kings horses and all the kings men will never be able to put obama in the white house again

    January 13, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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