BY ALLEN WEST
There’s another looming test of the “deep state” versus the Trump administration. We’ll soon find out who is truly in charge in Washington DC. If there’s one thing after a year we’ve come to realize, it’s that the progressive socialist left did not believe Hillary Clinton would lose. The other thing is the leftists have become deep-rooted like ticks in the federal government, and will not willingly stop sucking off the blood of the American people.
As reported by Fox News, “The Department of Justice released a statement Saturday giving President Trump the authority to appoint an acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The conclusion comes amid ongoing conflict after the agency’s director, Richard Cordray, resigned on Friday and appointed his own successor. Meanwhile, the president appointed someone else. Trump took to Twitter on the matter to air his grievances with the CFPB, calling the agency “a total disaster.”
[For the record, I prefer President Trump not discuss policy issues via Twitter]
Cordray, who was appointed to the position by President Obama, nominated the agency’s chief of staff Leandra English to succeed him. Under the Dodd-Frank Act that created the CFPB, English would assume the role of director — which Cordray specifically cited when he moved her into the spot. Cordray’s move would allow his choice of successor to continue running the agency for as long as possible before the president’s long-term nomination could ultimately be confirmed by the Senate.
However, Trump used his authority to designate Mick Mulvaney as the acting director. Mulvaney is also the director of the Office of Management and Budget. English is a longtime CFPB employee and ally to Cordray, while Mulvaney has been a critic of the agency and has wanted its authority reduced. The outcomes of such different leadership would be significant.”
Here we have yet another legal confrontation within the Trump administration which should not be happening. The GOP-controlled House and Senate should have passed legislation to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act — two fellas who should probably be wearing orange jumpsuits, along with Lois Lerner, Hillary Clinton…and Barack Obama for his lies.
Now, if you’re unsure about what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does — another oxymoronic [emphasis on moron] Obama-era government agency, here is a synopsis:
“The CFPB was created as part of the laws passed following the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. The agency was given a broad mandate to be a watchdog for consumers when they deal with banks and credit card, student loan and mortgage companies, as well as debt collectors and payday lenders. Nearly every American who deals with banks or a credit card company or has a mortgage has been affected by new rules the agency put in place.”
It sounds very nice and sympathetic, just like all liberal progressive policies that expand the tyranny of government control. What the CFPB actually has done, and continues to do, is create onerous and insidious rules and regulations on our financial institutions…many of which the CFPB regulators cannot articulate. The result has been an especially hard period for small community and medium-sized banks…a lifeblood to our small businesses.
I recall my encounter with Richard Cordray when I sat on the House Committee on Small Business. I asked him about consulting with businesses and small community banks on regulations before being imposed. His response told me all I needed to know about Cordray and his focus.
The interesting thing about the CFPB is that Obama and his leftist minions created it to be above the reproach of Congress. Congress basically has little to no oversight capability of the CFPB. The purse strings of the organization come directly from the Department of the Treasury. And now it appears that written into the law of Dodd-Frank — and folks, an executive order does not trump law – is it allows the Director of the CFPB to appoint his or her own replacement.
In essence, the CFPB is a self-licking ice cream cone, and something about that just seems unconstitutional. Then again, that’s exactly what the Obama administration was all about: fundamental transformation of our Constitutional Republic.
So here’s the interesting question: is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau above the purview and scrutiny of the president of the United States? After all, the president is the chief executive of the executive branch of our federal government…or in the eyes of the progressive socialist left, only if they hold the presidency?
Now, if this goes to a court, meaning local jurisdiction of the DC Circuit Court, we know the result. This is the same court with a judge who issued a ban against President Trump’s executive directive to reinstate the ban on gender dysphoric individuals serving in our military. Therefore, once again, we have activist judges running our federal government.
This was the masterful intent of the progressive socialist left. It seems they knew the GOP didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to dismantle their leviathan-like stranglehold of our federal government. And sadly, they appear to have been correct. How can it be that Obama appointees and Obama agencies still exist to hinder the effectiveness of the Trump administration? We shared with you the story of former IRS Director John Koskinen’s parting gift to the American people by way of Obamacare fines, taxes, enforcement. Yet another policy failure of the GOP to dismantle in order to provide the American people relief.
Herein lies the problem: all of this is of the making of the reticence of the House and Senate GOP. Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, even the fact that President Trump is facing a special prosecutor in his first year. Tell me, do any of you believe a House and Senate controlled by liberal progressive leftists of the Democrat Party would have allowed personnel and policies of the Bush administration to exist? Do any of you believe Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would have allowed a special prosecutor to hold hearings on President Barack Obama? So, why does the GOP evidence such a lack of principled courage, which has once again created a legal conundrum for President Trump?
The solution is simple: fire the Obama holdovers, and cut off funding to an agency like the CFPB. After all, the secretary of the treasury should have that authority…or does Dodd-Frank prevent that as well?
I tend to believe the current crop of GOP “leaders” are incapable of doing that which they were elected to do…fight back against the onslaught of the left. They can only operate in the minority as they fear enacting bold legislative changes and reversals. They allow the left, the Democrats, to dictate the narrative, and are the most ineffective communicators. There’s no reason why Richard Cordray was still in position as the Director of the CFPB. Doggone, the CFPB should not have been in existence in the first place. And now to have Cordray dictating his successor to the president of the United States is unconscionable. It’s as if the GOP has brought a plastic butter knife to a gunfight, and still wants to apologize for having that utensil.
There’s a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but whoever said it was right on: “Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep vote on who’s for dinner. Liberty is when the sheep has his own gun.”
Along the same lines is compromise and bipartisanship being what the Democrats cry for when they’re not in power. Tyranny is what they enact when they are in power. It’s time for the GOP to be the “armed” sheep, and stop allowing the Democrats to dictate what, meaning whom, is for dinner.
By the end of this week we will be in December…no reversal of Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, and no tax reform…just confusing tax cuts. The GOP has been taken to dinner once again…
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at AllenBWest.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.