Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:29 AM
ProSense (116,464 posts)
Krugman: Friends of Fraud
Friends of Fraud
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Like many advocates of financial reform, I was a bit disappointed in the bill that finally emerged. Dodd-Frank gave regulators the power to rein in many financial excesses; but it was and is less clear that future regulators will use that power. As history shows, the financial industry’s wealth and influence can all too easily turn those who are supposed to serve as watchdogs into lap dogs instead.
There was, however, one piece of the reform that was a shining example of how to do it right: the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a stand-alone agency with its own funding, charged with protecting consumers against financial fraud and abuse. And sure enough, Senate Republicans are going all out in an attempt to kill that bureau.
So the consumer protection bureau serves a vital function. But as I said, Senate Republicans are trying to kill it.
How can they do that, when the reform is already law and Democrats hold a Senate majority? Here as elsewhere, they’re turning to extortion — threatening to filibuster the appointment of Richard Cordray, the bureau’s acting head, and thereby leave the bureau unable to function. Mr. Cordray, whose work has drawn praise even from the bankers, is clearly not the issue. Instead, it’s an open attempt to use raw obstructionism to overturn the law.
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It's a good thing that Elizabeth Warren is now on the Senate Banking Committee.
Statement from Sen Elizabeth Warren on re-nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
"I am very pleased that the President has decided to re-nominate Rich Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I worked with Rich to set up the agency and believe he is a strong leader with a proven track record of fighting for consumers and pushing for a level playing field between big banks and smaller financial institutions like community banks and credit unions. The CFPB has had an extraordinary first year and a half - holding credit card companies accountable for cheating consumers and adopting the first set of rules to clean up the mortgage market. Senate confirmation of Rich's nomination will continue this momentum, benefitting families, establishing certainty, and safeguarding the economy as a whole from reckless and dangerous consumer lending."
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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:10 PM
pampango (24,364 posts)
2. I look forward to the hearing on Cordray's nomination. We can't make republicans care about the 99%,
but we can give them the opportunity to make themselves look stupid. We will see if they have learned anything from the electoral fiasco they suffered through last year or whether they will all continue to play the public role of Wall Street's defenders.
Richard Cordray CFPB Confirmation Imperiled By Senate Republicans, Again