Elder Patriot – When the Democratic Party was trusted by the voters with the presidency and control of both Houses of Congress – with a filibuster proof 60-vote majority in the Senate – they gave us a glimpse of just how little respect they have for the Constitution and the people who had voted for them.
In less than two years they destroyed the finest healthcare system anywhere in the world and they passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank.
Like their takeover of 1/6 of the economy with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the name the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was a deliberate mischaracterization of the bill’s intent.
Where their healthcare legislation doubled, and in some case tripled, premiums and reduced coverage, options and availability for the vast majority of Americans, Dodd-Frank all but destroyed financial options and with that the opportunity for advancement for the proletariat.
Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that has escaped scrutiny from the rabidly Marxist mainstream media until now.
When Richard Cordray stepped down as head of the CFPB, President Trump named his own man, Mick Mulvaney to run the agency. But alas, the acting director, named by Cordray, Leandra English is refusing to vacate her office and has gone to court in an attempt to save her job.
What’s that you ask, doesn’t she have to answer to someone, like the President of the United States, for instance? Not according to the Democrats who wrote Dodd-Frank and then rammed through its passage.
The legislation authorizing the CFPB put it under the control of the Federal Reserve and outside of any oversight from elected officials.
English was there from the beginning working closely with Massachusetts far-left Senator Elizabeth Warren during the agency’s formative first year. As English proved her Marxist bona fides she rapidly moved to the top of the agency until out-going director Richard Cordray installed her as new acting director to succeed him two weeks ago.
The agency is a study in elitism and stands as one more monument to the Democrats’ disregard for the American middle-class.
English was the CFPB’s deputy COO when it was decided to spend $200 million to renovate its headquarters at a time of slow economic growth and burgeoning federal debt.
Architect Richard Groh said, “It’s not a typical office space. … It’s probably two-to-three times the cost of typical office space.”
Before cost overruns the planned renovation was officially estimated to cost $285.32 per square foot, as much or more than the most luxurious “Class A” commercial office buildings.
Making matters even more curious is the space was rented and the building had been appraised to be worth only $50 million.
This smacks of the elitist tone-deafness associated with members of the Politburo.
And, what of the people who worked at the CFPB that current Senator Elizabeth Warren was so actively engaged in establishing? An internal study concluded that the CFPB fomented a “toxic workplace” that deliberately discriminated against minorities.
In 2014 investigator Misty Raucci testified before the House Financial Services Committee where she told them:
“I found that the general environment in [the CFPB’s)] Consumer Response [unit] is one of exclusion, retaliation, discrimination, nepotism, demoralization, devaluation, and other offensive working conditions which constitute a toxic workplace for many of its employees.”
A General Accounting Office survey found that 25 percent of CFPB’s black, Asian and female employees felt “they had been discriminated against at the CFPB.” The survey was conducted in 2016 when English was the deputy COO.
Lest you think that the survey was commissioned by English in an effort to improve working conditions at the CFPB, a current employee insists that gender and racial discrimination still persists.
English actively promoted the secrecy of her far-left agenda by conducting meetings without any public notification and from which the press was barred. The meetings were with a who’s who of radical leftist, anti-capitalism, groups including Consumers Union, the AFL-CIO, the National People’s Action,
Americans for Financial Reform, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), Ralph Nader’s PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Consumer Federation of America, Center for Responsible Lending, and Public Citizen, and Bruce Marks, the president of the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, a non-profit, community advocacy and home-ownership organization.
There was no effort to balance the meetings with business leaders.
If that’s what Barack Obama wanted that was within his powers as president. But, in a Constitutional republic the people must reserve the right to choose new leadership in order to change course.
Government employees work for us not the other way around. Having won election by the people of the United States, President Trump now has the right to make appoints of the people who will support his agenda – the agenda the people voted for.
The Democrats’ response is to go before another unelected body – the federal court system – to overturn the will of the people.
In light of the recent ruling by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel confirming the president’s authority to make this appointment in accordance with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, this move can only be interpreted as a deliberate attempt to create a Constitutional crisis with the help of an activist judge.
As bad as the Republican establishment has become, there’s no escaping the fact that the Democratic Party has embraced full-blown Marxism. And, after eight years of Obama his Marxist appointments are scattered everywhere inside what was once the peoples’ government.