The U.S. economy is in a “post-fact era,” with the government “in charge” of every aspect of life, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, saying the government needs to be held accountable for its actions.
The administration is using its powers to centralize more and more control over everything, he said in a speech to Congress.
Obama said that a “centralized federal government” is the “worst of all worlds” for the economy, and he proposed a plan to limit that power.
The central government’s role in the economy would be “a little bit different,” Obama said.
He said the government should not have the power to decide what happens to jobs, and instead should be tasked with helping businesses develop the technology to make the economy more efficient.
The central government, the president said, should have more of a role in overseeing the health care and education sectors.
“We need a system that allows the private sector to run the economy.
We need a new system that will allow people to compete with the companies that are already in business in a more efficient way,” he said.
The president also said that the government has been “overwhelmed” with requests for information and that “the vast majority” of requests come from outside of the government.
The government has requested more than 10 billion pages of information about the economy and more than 2 million pages from its own internal records, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
But he said that he has been working with Congress on a package of reforms to prevent that from happening.
Obama said he wants to “restore the rule of law and to hold those who break the law accountable for their crimes.”
The president is urging lawmakers to pass his plan.
It would also limit how much information the government can request from the private and public sectors.
The White House said that information requested by the government will be restricted to information that could be used for the purpose of investigating crimes, the creation of new laws or enforcement actions.