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The Constitutional mandate for Commerce is established in Article 1 Section 8, as follows:
To regulate is to control by rule; to make regular and predictable; to establish and enforce a standard of operation. So a part of the constitutional government process is to regulate commerce with foreign nations, Indian tribes and between American states. This says nothing about investing in commerce, helping commerce or actually doing commerce. Nor did the Constitution Authors intend for government to control commerce, or to regulate commerce so severely as to choke it. To “make regular” is not to severely restrict to the point of obstruction. Commerce functions best when it is most free, so long as it is honest.
Of course, DOC (Department of Commerce) comes with a thundering herd of sub-bureaus, each lead by a hierarchy of Secretaries, Undersecretaries, Deputy Undersecretaries, Vice Deputy Undersecretaries, Assistant Vice Deputy Undersecretaries, Principle Assistant Vice Deputy Undersecretaries, and so forth. That is where an astute conservative Congress ought to look most closely for the proper application of the budget axe, in every single part of DOC.
Let’s look at the component parts of DOC and what we’re paying for.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) –
BEA provides economic statistics; this is where the nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is computed. The purpose is to provide up to date economic information.
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) –
BIS deals with issues involving national security and high technology, to (1) stop proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and (2) further growth of US exports. We might wonder why commerce involves itself in national security, with all the other agencies in place to do that, but I suppose it’s related to whatever is imported and exported. Dual-use technologies, encryption software and the like, along with defense materials and/or information, arms control agreements and so forth are monitored here.
Bureau of the Census –
This is where ACORN lives, under whatever bogus name currently in use. This sub-bureau performs the official American census every ten years, the most important outcome of which is the reapportionment of seats each state holds in the federal House of Representatives. That is the purpose of the census; to count people in America. However, it also gathers other demographic and economic data, which ought to be made illegal, for any census information other than a count of people has no legitimate purpose, and almost certainly has some illegitimate purpose. The Constitutional mandate of the decennial census is to use it to determine the number of House members from each state, and members of the electoral college, and that’s it. Anything else exceeds the Constitutional mandate.
Economic Development Administration (EDA) –
EDA was established by the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, ostensibly to create jobs, save jobs and “stimulate” industrial and commercial growth in various economically troubled geographic areas. Essentially, it is a large and growing political hole into which to bulldoze and shovel tax dollars. EDA claims to promote economic development through innovation and competitiveness, but what it does is injure innovation and competitiveness by increasing dependency on government, probably while lining pockets of political supporters and corrupt politicians. Government does not and cannot make private sector jobs; government can only hinder that process. EDA should be cut. DOC is supposed to regulate certain interstate/international commerce, not create it.
Economics & Statistics Administration (ESA) –
ESA actually is placed over two other DOC agencies; the Census Bureau and the BEA. The ESA purpose is to gather economic statistics, and the people count. However, ESA also seeks demographic data in order to identify “opportunities” for improving the well being of Americans. That statement should raise your eyebrows. The last thing Americans need is for the federal government to find ways to improve their well being. That is not what our government is Constituted to do, and it is not the Constitutional mandate of DOC.
Office of Export Enforcement (OExS) –
OExS special agents enforce export laws and regulations. OExS drafts and publishes changes to bureaucratic export regulations and conducts regular seminars to help exporters keep up with the rule changes. It also handles license applications and issues licenses to export. Just by it’s own description of itself OExS sounds like a very busy bureaucratic regulation and red tape factory.
Import Administration –
Import Administration is a legal counsel function of the ITA below. It deals with imports into the US from foreign industries that are subsidized by foreign governments. These are typically imports that are priced below market cost in the originating countries, or priced below manufacturing cost. It handles cases involving anti-dumping laws and countervailing duty determinations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
International Trade Administration (ITA) –
ITA promotes US exports of non-agricultural goods and services. The three goals of ITA are to:
Manufacturing and Services (MAS) –
MAS is another function of ITA. MAS operates not only as another regulating bureaucracy, but also as a lobby, which (I suspect) is a sub-function of many other government bureaucracies. MAS creates it’s own regulations, and it acts as a lobbyist for bureau-favored legislation. The purported main goal of MAS is to support American manufacturing industry’s global competitiveness with analysis, regulation and legislation. The true agenda is to strengthen and support multiple flawed, erroneous and even fraudulent so-called scientific theories, such as anthropomorphic global warming, dangerously low levels of “non-renewable” fuel resources and so forth. Every year, including this one, in all of human history, proven reserves of everything from coal to gas and oil go up, not down; we are not running out of anything; quite the opposite. Nevertheless, MAS “analysis” results in legislation and regulation in direct opposition to popular American cars, for instance, in favor of inferior, unworkable little vehicles that need to be subsidized by government, with our tax dollars, in order to even be sold in any “free” market.
Market Access and Compliance (MAC) –
MAC is a sub-bureau of ITA. MAC is supposed to identify and overcome trade barriers, oversee trade agreements and “level the playing field” for international trade. It’s listed “interests” are
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) –
MBDA is the only federal government agency whose sole purpose is to foster establishment and growth of strictly minority-owned businesses in America. Why? Where in the Constitution, or anywhere else, does it say that our government should provide favorable treatment to some of us to the detriment of the rest of us, and pay for that discriminatory treatment with our tax dollars? MBDA presents a crystal clear example of pure discrimination, and it should be cut completely out of the budget.
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
NESDIS is, essentially, a massive electronic data base. It provides access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the nation’s economy, security, environment and quality of life. How to “promote” and “protect” these things is open to political interpretation. It requires government bureaucrats to make judgments regarding how to protect and promote my, and your, quality of life, which implies that they know better than we know exactly what defines our quality of life. The NESDIS vision is to be the world’s most comprehensive source and recognized authority for satellite products, environmental information, and official assessments of the environment in support of societal and economic decisions.
My concern regarding NESDIS is less the whole bus of the program than with who might be driving the bus at any point in time. If the bus driver is a dispassionate objective seeker of truth, then we have no problem. But if the bus driver is a Global Warmer, or a Global Cooler, or a “Chicken-Little” type prophet who believes we’re running out of oil or coal or something, then we, and everyone, have a very, very big problem here. A Marxist President could use this bus to purposely drive America and the world right off of a wrong conclusion cliff.
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) –
NIST (formerly known as National Bureau of Standards (NBS)) is a measurement standards laboratory; a non-regulatory agency of DOC. The mission is to “Promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life.” Note the familiar bureaucratic buzz-words, such as economic security, and quality of life. What I mainly question here is the need for nearly 3,000 scientists, engineers and technicians, and another almost 2,000 guest “associate” foreign and domestic researchers, and another 1,400 manufacturing specialists, to fulfill the seemingly simple mission of NIST.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) –
NMFS is a division of NOAA under the DOC, and has the primary responsibility to conserve and manage marine fisheries in the U.S. exclusive economic zone out beyond various state waters. The U.S. exclusive economic zone extends 200 nautical miles from the U.S. coastline. NMFS is also tasked with “recovering” protected marine species such as salmon, whales and sea turtles. NMFS is also a federal law enforcement agency that works alongside the U.S. Coastguard, various state agencies and foreign enforcement authorities.
I have never understood why the U.S. Coastguard should not be the primary law enforcement agency for these waters, and, for that matter, the Border Patrol, the TSA and any other law enforcement of laws covering people or things going into, coming out of or traveling near the U.S.
National Oceanic & atmospheric Administration (NOAA) –
NOAA is a (theoretically) scientific agency that conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. The research is focused on weather, particularly dangerous weather, the oceans and the atmosphere.
The NOAA vision: “An informed society that uses a comprehensive understanding of the role of the oceans, coasts, and atmospheres in the global ecosystem to make the best social and economic decisions.”
The NOAA mission: “To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nations economic, social, and environmental needs.”
By now the bureaucratic buzz-words should be familiar.
Government is quite certain that it knows better than we do what our
social needs are, and government intends to impose them on us. To
achieve its vision and accomplish its mission, NOAA has four goals:
To accomplish these goals, NOAA is intended to be the world leader in applied scientific research in these research areas.
I submit that the scientific nature of NOAA is fatally flawed
by its own bureaucratic nature and the political nature of its
employers. NOAA is employed and paid, very handsomely, to support
pre-conceived scientific assumptions that are political in nature, and that is precisely what NOAA does. I offer as evidence backing these charges the following observations:
This is not science, and these are not scientists, in the true sense of the word. This is pure political trickery intended to advance the ability of government to do radical things and make radical changes on an emergency basis. The dangerous Untruth these pseudo-scientists promote, or at least, do not challenge, comes in the usual two varieties :
Now, please do not inundate me with comments pointing to individual NOAA researchers who openly oppose the NOAA direction, or other merely anecdotal evidence of the existence of good scientists at NOAA. What is most important here is what NOAA itself officially says on these and other topics. NOAA itself is either scientific, or it is not. The official output of NOAA itself reflects the sum total of what the NOAA employees say. Perhaps that’s the real problem: they are more employees than independent researchers. Speaking collectively, their personal principles, where they exist at all, are subordinated to the “principles” of the political bureaucratic animal that employs them.
Perhaps NOAA, like the current Republican Party, needs to be re-populated with serious men of principle who take their responsibility seriously. Marxists and dupes need to be weeded out of NOAA, and real science needs to be turned loose.
National Ocean Service (NOS) –
NOS operates under NOAA to preserve and enhance (enhance?) American coastal and Great Lakes resources and ecosystems. Probably the most important function of NOS is keeping nautical charts up to date and enhancing human navigation. NOS assesses, monitors and predicts consequences of natural and human induced environmental hazards such as hurricanes, erosion and sea-level rise.
What can I say? The very idea that such things as hurricanes, coastal erosion and sea-level rise might be human induced is just plain stupid. Any so-called scientists who in any way support such nonsense should be ashamed of themselves.
National Technical Information Service (NTIS) –
NTIS is the U.S. repository for research and development results and other information produced by and for the government, and also a variety of public and private information sources world-wide. It is a central resource for scientific, technical, engineering and business related information. The purpose of NTIS is to support the DOC mission to promote economic growth by providing access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.
Sounds like government trying to stimulate the economy rather than allowing the private sector the freedom to do it naturally. There’s nothing wrong with a good information service, but there is something wrong, in any free market economy, with government seeking to drive the economy rather than freeing the private sector and allowing nature to take its course.
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) –
NTIA is the principal advisor to the President on telecommunications policies pertaining to U.S. economic and technological advancement, and to the regulation of the telecommunications industry. This covers telephone, television, radio and the internet. NTIA oversees ICANN, which is the non-profit corporation that manages Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, domain names and all internet registries. In my opinion, NTIA represents a very dangerous concentration of government power over all public and private communications.
National Weather Service (NWS) –
NWS, formerly known as the Weather Bureau, operates under NOAA. NWS provides weather and climate (yeah, right) forecasts and warnings for America and surrounding areas, for the protection of life and property and for the enhancement of the national economy. NWS does an excellent job of forecasting weather; however, it is infected with the larger NOAA faith-based belief system of anthropomorphic global warming, and therefore its longer range projections are, and should be, viewed as under a cloud of suspicion. Not only is there no empirical evidence supporting man-caused global climate change, but it has been revealed to be a massive hoax, with a cast of thousands of fraudsters. Nevertheless, any prognostications regarding earth’s climate that come out of NOAA will contain, at least, hints of future global catastrophe and the need for emergency government action, to the greater glory of a New World Order of some sort.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) –
Another branch of NOAA, OAR calls itself the nation’s leading oceanic and atmospheric research agency, contributing to exploring and implementing all types of “alternative, renewable and clean energy sources.” Which is an indication that our government is convinced that these things are needed, and must be supplied by government or by government edict, regardless of what the free market naturally demands and supplies.
Here we see the unholy marriage of two great, Marxist-inspired, government-induced frauds:
But the simple facts of the matter are these:
OAR is a joke; it has no reason to exist. It should be shut down and cut from the budget.
Patent & Trademark Office (PTO or USPTO) –
The Constitutional mandate for USPTO may be found in Article 1 Section 8, as below:
USPTO issues patents to inventors and businesses, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification.
Trade Promotion and U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS) –
Commercial Service (CS) helps U.S. companies succeed in foreign markets, through a network of trade professionals located in America and in the Embassies and Consulates of some 80 countries. CS helps with initial foreign business contacts and with export and import transactions.
While Commerce has a good Constitutional mandate, it is clear that it has exceeded that mandate, and there are major portions of the department that can be cut. Legislators looking to cut spending should also call to mind the Principles upon which this nation was founded, and recall the words of Jefferson:
We need not only to cut spending, but government reach.
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Date: Fri Mar 11 23:01:18 2011
Please do not understand negative reference “quality of life”. Is it not needed to increase quality of life for all? Some places quality of life very bad and government do nothing.
Date: Sat Mar 12 07:05:05 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Quality of life is your responsibility, and my responsibility. We are each individually called to be the “Good Samaritan” to help others in need, to the degree that we can help them, and to recruit and encourage others to do the same.
Marxists make general judgments regarding quality of life, just as Adolph Hitler did. But Marxists do not believe in the sacredness of life, because Marxists hold nothing to be sacred, and deny even the very concept of sacredness. Marxists are, first, atheists. Atheism is sort of a prerequisite to becoming a proper Marxist. Powerful American Marxists, e.g., Democrat politicians, pretend and play-act at being Christians for purely political reasons.
That is why such public figures as Barney Frank, the Kennedys, the Clintons, etc., live such scandalous lives and remain in high office, adulated by all the Marxist mainstream media journalists, while Republican public figures in lesser scandalous situations always resign in disgrace. Democrats do not know what it means to fall from grace, and Republicans – not always perfectly – are more likely to be believers and to live among true believers. Therefore, they do know the meaning of disgrace.
When government takes upon itself the judgment of human quality of life, as was done under all forms of Marxism, from Nazi-Fascism to Bolshevism-Communism, the citizenry may expect to be categorized, and even moved into various kinds of camps. Quality of life becomes just another determinant, like political alignment, commitment to the cause, physical and mental ability to do work, etc., for a controlling government to keep track of.
My quality of life is not the business of my government. Improving, tracking or even making judgments about citizen quality of life is not what American government is constituted by the citizens to do. All they are supposed to do is govern, and not in any way control our lives for us. We don’t need them to do that.
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Most of this site describes what is wrong; this one describes what to do about it. If we don't get rid of the extra-Constitutional entities we are over-paying for they will eventually economically strangle us to death as a nation.
Shut down unneeded bureaucracy, for budget’s sake. In the name of fiscal sanity, we need to shut down unneeded bureaucracy.
Cut USDA budget, in whole or in part. Is agriculture the constitutional business of the federal government?
Department of Commerce: Cut DOC budget, with a meat axe. Argument to cut DOC; in times like these, no bureaucracy is sacred.
Dept of Defense: Budget cuts here need to be of the scalpel variety. Defense cuts need to be done very carefully lest we harm national security.
Cut the ED budget, in whole. Is education the constitutional business of the federal government?
Argument against Public Education, which is, in fact, Government Indoctrination. Public Education equals State Indoctrination, pure and simple. Education is beyond the scope of government and not what our government is constituted to do.
Cut DOE budget, with a meat axe. Other than nuclear, how is any energy source the business of federal government?
Cut HHS budget, completely. How, exactly, is any Health and/or Human Services the Constitutional business of federal government?
Cut Social Security: Elimination of America’s Largest Budget Expenditure. How to Cut Social Security and begin the return to fiscal sanity.
Cut DHS budget, completely. Homeland Security is the proper domain of Defense, CIA and FBI. We should cut DHS completely.
Cut HUD budget, completely. How, exactly, is Housing or Urban Development the Constitutional business of federal government?
At this moment in time, most Constitutionalists would love to kill the IRS. How do you Kill the IRS? Fast-track and pass the Fair Tax. Very simple; nothing to it.
Cut DOJ budget, with a paring knife, but, radically. We need to cut DOJ unnecessary and unrelated functions to streamline the function of justice.
Cut DOL, completely. The Dept of Labor has no Constitutional reason to exist. We should cut DOL, which, like organized labor itself, was born of Marx's Communist Manifesto.
Cut EPA, completely. EPA has no Constitutional reason to exist. How, exactly, are the environment or natural resources the Constitutional business of the Federal Government?
Cut DOS (State Departement) budget excess fat. Cut DOS unnecessary functions and get back to State business.
Cut DOI (Department Of Interior) with a meat axe. We can eliminate ninety percent of Interior bureaucracy when we cut DOI.
Restoring our Treasury Department to its original purpose for being. On restoring our Treasury from Fascist Crony Capitalism, i.e., the Fed.
If we really need to cut spending, we should cut DOT with a meat axe. We should cut DOT and all these other bureaucracies that are regulating us to death.
Cut bureaucracy, but leave VA alone. In fact, we should build up the VA. In the aftermath of Marxocrat and Republicrat cuts to defense, both defense and the VA need new attention.
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