Yet More Examples of Washington’s Attitude Toward the Established Laws and Operating Procedures Which in Most Cases, Congress itself has established.
Darkstormy Blog’s desire in all of this is to increase the level of alarm about the cavalier attitude of congress in dealing with the laws of the land. This information is excerpted from another blog, Unibul Blog (http://blog.unibulmerchantservices.com/ ) You might ask; why not just reference Unibul’s web address and let it go at that; and the answer is; tah dah, because we want to point out some things that are perhaps not Unibul’s main interest here.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) General Lawlessness
The statements below are attributed to George Will, nationally recognized conservative columnist:
The CFPB’s director, Richard Cordray, was installed by one of Barack Obama’s spurious recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess. Vitiating the Senate’s power to advise and consent to presidential appointments is congruent with the CFPB’s general lawlessness.
And yet where are the cries of outrage from the establishment? Why should this be permitted?
The CFPB nullifies Congress’s power to use the power of the purse to control bureaucracies because its funding – “determined by the director” – comes not from congressional appropriations but from the Federal Reserve. Untethered from all three branches of government, unlike anything created since 1789, the CFPB is uniquely sovereign: The president appoints the director for a five-year term – he can stay indefinitely, if no successor is confirmed – and the director can be removed, but not for policy reasons.
One CFPB request for $94 million in Federal Reserve funds was made on a single sheet of paper. Its 2012 budget estimated $130 million for – this is the full explanation – “other services.” So it has been hiring promiscuously and paying its hires lavishly: As of three months ago, approximately 60 percent of its then 958 employees were making more than $100,000 a year. Five percent were making $200,000 or more. (A Cabinet secretary makes $199,700.)
My God, who is guarding this henhouse!
— Cornhusk for Darkstormy Blog