Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said in a recent blog post that as president, he would eliminate the Commerce Department because it is a “text book example of what needs to change [with the federal bureaucracy].”
The Commerce Department is the primary target in a broader action plan the Ohio governor is putting forth to reduce the overall size of the government.
According to Kasich:
Commerce is a case study in Washington dysfunction. It’s like a basement that politicians keep stuffing pet projects into and it never gets cleaned out. As a result, needed efforts suffer and costs and efficiency are ignored. I will break it up, put the pieces we need in the right places, send other pieces back to the states and simply stop doing those things that aren’t needed. Americans would save money and it would send a huge signal to Washington that business as usual is over. My plan for Commerce is a template I would take to all federal agencies–shrink, consolidate, shutdown and send responsibilities back to us in our states and communities.
Kasich also said in his plan that he would do the following:
- Consolidate natural resources agencies inside of the Department of the Interior
- Move trade promotion and monitoring of sensitive exports to the State Department
- Return economic power to states and communities
- Consolidate the Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis with the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics
Kasich estimates that for every 1 percentage point of reduced federal spending, approximately $1 billion in taxpayer funds would be saved over 10 years.
Additional details can be found in Kasich’s position paper, DISMANTLING WASHINGTON: The Commerce Department is a Text Book Example of What Needs to Change.