Long, lon ago, in an election year far, far away, President Obama had a pretty good idea for streamlining government. In 2012 he proposed consolidating six agencies that focus primarily on business and trade — including the Small Business Administration (SBA) — into one new department.
Mr. Obama argued this would enable small businesses to navigate the dizzying array of programs supposedly designed to help them. Alas, the idea went nowhere, amid opposition from the small business lobby and the small business committees in the House and Senate with which that interest group enjoys a symbiotic relationship.
We recall this forgotten episode only to note that President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the SBA, former World Wrestling Entertainment chief executive Linda McMahon, supported Mr. Obama’s notion during her (unsuccessful) campaign for the Senate that year — and to point out that, given what little else is known about her policy views, this history is a modest point in her favor.
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