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Thursday, December 8, 2011

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Czars

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Czars

Both Parties Miss The Boat

By Dell Hill

Senate Republicans, nearly united, blocked the nomination of Richard Cordray to be the first head of the newly-formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), but President Barack Obama made clear Thursday the fight is not over, that a recess appointment to install his nominee without the consent of the Senate remains a viable option.

"I will not take any options off the table when it comes to getting Richard Cordray in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Obama promised.  "My hope and expectation is that the Republicans who blocked this nomination come to their senses.  I know some of them have made the argument that well, we just want to make some modifications to the law.  Well, they're free to pass a bill."

Never mind the fact that passing a bill (the Obama suggestion) results in no Republican sponsored House legislation ever seeing the light of day in the Democrat controlled Senate.  And never mind that such a bill would be vetoed out of hand by that same president who suggested it.

Both parties are totally missing the boat.

It’s not that we don’t want Richard Cordray - as opposed to any other candidate - to be the new Czar of the CFPB.  We don’t want ANY czars to be in charge of anything!

The creation of czars (about 40 of them now) by President Obama has created a shadow government, totally controlled by the White House and is an unconstitutional power-grab of the highest order.

None of the cadre of czars is answerable to congress and - except for the president’s blessing - there’s absolutely no oversight on their actions - especially as it relates to regulations.

While it was right for Republicans to vote down the Cordray nomination, it was done for the wrong reasons and the political explanations are dreadfully lacking.

One of the very first orders of business for a new president would be to notify every Obama appointed czar that their services are no longer needed...and promise the American people that the “czar system” of dictatorial government will never return.

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