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The Ultimate Consumer Protection

January 9, 2012
Rep. Ron Paul

This week, partisan games in Washington reached a fevered pitch as Congress acted to prevent recess appointments, yet the administration made them anyway.  Congress has been gaveling into session for less than a minute every three days for the express purpose of technically staying in session.  The 40 second “pro forma” sessions may strike supporters of the President as obstructionist, but Congress was using its clear constitutional authority and playing by the rules.  Frustrated, the President simply disregarded the Constitution, and appointed Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Board, and Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board anyway.

Playing fast and loose with the Constitution only gets worse with every administration.  Because of the dangerous precedents being set, both parties would be wise to defend constitutional bounds, no matter who crosses the line.  Defending a constitutional overstep always comes back to haunt them once power changes hands.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 9, 2012 6:14 pm

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  2. April 4, 2012 2:19 pm

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  4. Harold permalink*
    January 10, 2012 6:37 am

    On the face, there is nothing wrong with the “Consumer Financial Protection Board”. It was the result of the Dodd-Frank” bill which passed both houses of Congress and was signed by Obama.
    The problem arises when Obama refuses to play by the rules and appoints another “czar” to head-up the newly created agency.
    First of all, the bill as written clearly stated that the agency to be created would be run by a group/panel with Congressional oversight. Instead Obama appointed ONE individual to operate the agency with only OBAMA’S oversight!
    Secondly, we ARE a Republic, bound by the “law of the land”, the Constitution. Congress MUST approve ALL agency heads. Unfortunately Obama decided to circumvent the rule of law. Instead of following the language of Dodd-Frank, he decided to declare Congress in “recess” and appoint Cordray to the CFPP and others to the NLRB, ALL done UNCONSTITUTIONALLY!!!
    If Obama, or any other President, decides they are above the law, then this Republic has descended into ANARCHY!!!

  5. January 10, 2012 12:21 am

    Harold, just a questio b ut what is so terrible to appoint someone ot help cpmsumer. I called the ubsurance protection ns was i happy I did, or I would have accepted a brush of on a rightfull request for a written answer.

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