Obama’s Super-Czar Is on the Loose

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Republicans will get clobbered with the class warfare card again unless they forcefully counter the Democrats’ narrative of the president’s “bold” actions for “middle-class Americans.”

Obama’s liberal media supporters have rationalized the tyrannical maneuver as a response to GOP “nullification.” But it’s those who oppose common-sense reforms of the gravely flawed Dodd-Frank law — a 2,600-page monstrosity that no lawmaker read before passing it — who are obstructing good government.

As Senate Republicans have been pointing out for months, Dodd-Frank threw out judicial review, removed CFPB from the congressional appropriations process, provided five-year tenure protection for the director and transferred the agency from the Treasury Department to the opaque and unaccountable Federal Reserve.

Obama and Democratic leaders themselves recognize the recklessness of vesting so much unfettered power in a single individual. In 2009, Obama floated a bipartisan board to oversee enforcement. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Charles Schumer of New York and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island all co-sponsored legislation backing a commission. Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank was also an original sponsor of a bill creating the very kind of five-member panel Republicans have proposed.

The House passed these and other structural reforms last year, but the Senate has failed to act, and the White House insists on demagoguing reformers. Moreover, taxpayers remain in the dark about how and how much the CFPB is spending, because Dodd-Frank allows the agency to draw funds from the Federal Reserve’s operating expenses. Out of sight, out of mind.

This is not “bold.” It’s jackboot. It won’t benefit “middle-class Americans.” It’ll line lobbyist pockets, soak taxpayer dollars and fuel a Beltway rule-making bonanza. It’s not about reining in Wall Street abuses. It’s about consolidating bureaucratic authority and granting unprecedented immunity to a single super-cop from congressional and public oversight.

Where, ahem, are those Occupiers when you need them?

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  • mlcblog

    Michelle is brilliant and entertaining as usual. Great column. She is right on it.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    "The GOP knew the installation of Obama's latest super-czar was coming a month ago,
    and is now scrambling to respond." There are two responses to this latest raping of American
    citizens:

    1-Repeal Dodd-Frank and abolish the Federal reserve

    2-Get up a movement to impeach Obama

    Both should be done.

    • Maxie

      Forget #2. It would take more time to go thru impeachment proceedings than is left on Zero's tenure. More importantly the GOP hasn't got the cojones to do it. And for the same reason forget #1. The GOP is worthless as an opposition party. That's why we're in the mess we're in. http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/gop_what_g

      • Stephen_Brady

        I tink your first statement is more to the heart of the situation, that is, it would take more time than is left on the man's tenure.

        The time for impeachment would have been January, 2011. Even then, it would have been an exercise in futility … the Senate is in Harry Reid's hands. And the whole thing would have destroyed what's left of the GOP.

        Republicans have a death-wish … this, from a lifelong Republican. Obama is vulnerable. Let's take him down at the ballot-box, and destroy his ideas.

    • guest

      If you impeach him, and it takes past the election, you could be impeaching him in his second term for what he did in the first term. Whats it going to hurt? For that matter impeach his boss, the muslim brotherhood.

  • Marti

    There isn't one of these traitors in Congress who will stand up and take action!!!
    If anything they will help him accomplish his goal of completely destroying our once great country!!
    We have a constitutional crisis, and they sit on their nasty hands!
    I forgot they have been doing this for years, it's just being speeded up by this Marxist Facist!!

  • Anamah

    We are witnessing the assault on our Nation; our Institutions are downtrodden. The criminals arrange their alibis and make up your legal safeguard to never have to answer for it. They are making this aberration impossible to be remedied. Here's more of a scoundrel and we will bear the expense. Are they genius gangs or are we really stupid? At this rate we will not survive until January 2013. Where are our legislators, our judges? Remains anyone patriot, honest and brave?

  • Brujo Blanco

    We are apparently now living in a dictatorship. Obama is running the show and disregarding the Constitution. If he wins the 2012 election will he grab the power to rule with total impunity? Will he use the new law to have his opposition locked up by the military for being terrorists? He is really trying to change the structure and nature of our country. He obviously wants our country to be his country.

    • Jim_C

      I thought he had already grabbed power and was already ruling with impunity? Remember all you crybaby cassandras when he got elected? Wow, the predictions flew fast and furious then.

      Since then: we're getting out of Iraq. Osama has been killed. Americans can not be turned down by insurers fro pre-existing conditions. Jobs are coming back. Profits are back up–way up since 2008.

      Yeah, that suck, doesn't it? For you.

  • Texmom

    Our congressman told us this week that there is nothing they can legally do to stop a lot of this, but he said individual states can sue when they try to enforce many of these things in each state. each state will have to fight individually. Anyone know if that sounds accurate?

    • Maxie

      Maybe but there has to be a will to do it. The difference between the two parties is that the Left has an Agenda and is aggressive in implementing it. That Agenda is to replace our Constitutional, Citizen-as-sovereign form of government in favor of an Authoritarian Collectivism wherein the citizenry is regarded as herd animals whose behavior is dictated by government. The Right has no agenda and just watches in disorganized, election-cycle limited passivity as our freedoms are sytematically plucked away litlle by little. Its been going on for decades as Gramscian subversion: http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/02/cultural_m

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

    Malkin is the only one who is attacking the administration on the big issues. The Republican candidates are only a faint shadow of what we need. I'm losing hope.

    • Jim_C

      The smart Republicans stayed out of this contest, but you'll see them surface in 2016.

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

        I hope so, Jim, I hope so. It took time to cultivate a Reagan. We need another.

  • John

    Does memory serve me that the president can do these things but congress is the only body that can fund these. How about just not funding them. Let the president fund them out of White House money.