It’s a Clusterfck! Trump’s Attempt to Subvert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is Going as Well as Everything Else He Does

It’s the duel of the acting directors
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This is utterly ridiculous: At the CFPB, two acting directors show up to take command; one brings doughnuts, the other well-wishes.

As a Republican congressman, Mick Mulvaney called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a “joke” and said he wished it didn’t exist. On Monday, Mulvaney showed up at the agency’s D.C. offices with a bag of doughnuts and a new title: boss.

But after a frantic weekend of political and legal posturing, Mulvaney’s arrival represented a new escalation of tensions over who ultimately will lead the agency. A day earlier, Leandra English filed suit claiming she is the “rightful acting director.”

[…]

Mulvaney and English even sent out dueling email messages to CFPB’s likely befuddled 1,600 employees. English said in her message, “I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude to all of you for your service.” English ended the note with her claimed title: “Acting Director.”

Shortly after, Mulvaney, already in the director’s office, according to photos taken by his staff, responded with his own email.

“It has come to my attention that Ms. English has reached out to many of you this morning via email in an attempt to exercise certain duties of the Acting Director. This is unfortunate but, in the atmosphere of the day, probably not unexpected,” he said.

“Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director.” Mulvaney also asked CFPB employees to report any additional professional communications from English to the general counsel’s office.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2017 • 11:55:29am
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lawhawk  Nov 27, 2017 • 11:57:52am

Mulvaney is already undermining the function of the OMB, which is what he’s lawfully responsible for. Having undermined the function of OMB, he’s moving on to destroy an agency that was created to protect consumers in the wake of the financial meltdown.

Of course Trump lies every step of the way about how the CFPB is harming financial companies and businesses (it isn’t). Mulvaney just wants to see it gone, so the predatory lenders and con artists can get back to doing what they’ve always done best - rip off everyone else while enriching themselves (the story of Trump’s life).

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Citizen K  Nov 27, 2017 • 11:58:13am

re: #1 Backwoods_Sleuth

Cue the drafting of sanctions against Panama in 3…2…1…

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 11:59:55am
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electrotek  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:00:08pm

This bigot is teaching her niece on hating Islam:

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Skip Intro  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:01:42pm


This Is What Dictators Do

President Trump is stuffing the government full of reliable cronies.

The CFPB is now in the middle of a signifying political bloodbath, the ramifications of which go far beyond the survival of that newly hatched institution, although its survival is important enough, especially to the citizens who got back some of the $12 billion the CFPB clawed away from the voracious tentacles of the swindlers in the financial services sector, where the business plan usually includes fraud.

…..

In this matter, the current president* again is behaving in a manner quite typical of recent Republican presidents. This is how the last Republican administration played scandalous shenanigans with the Department of Justice. This is why the Reagan administration stuck people like James Watt in at Interior, and Silent Sam Pierce in at HUD. The only difference is that one of the people behind this president*, Steve Bannon, the last heir to House Harkonnen, hung a high-falutin’ think-tank name on this traditional conservative vandalism: “deconstructing the administrative state.”

The way you know that the president* is acting in this matter very much in keeping with current conservative ideology is that our current conservatives have lined up staunchly behind him. For example, Senator Tom Cotton, the bobblethroated slapdick from Arkansas, is pretending to be smart at the top of his lungs again.

I’m sure Cotton’s hysteria has nothing at all to do with the $1.5 million that the good folks at opensecrets.org report that his campaign fund has received from the “securities and investment” industries. Come to think of it, before he signed on as the president*’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney was gifted with over 400-large from those same banking interests.

esquire.com

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Ace-o-aces  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:02:34pm

THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH HIM?!

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:02:43pm

How long before a Trump “red skin from golfing” joke.

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:03:18pm
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Interesting Times  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:04:29pm

re: #9 jaunte

The durr hurr herp derp librul tears GOPer base will love it 9_9

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Citizen K  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:05:47pm

A new survey shows white millennials think a lot more like whites than millennials

Ah, millennials. That hyper-aware generation that is reportedly so much more advanced and unbothered by nettlesome issues that have vexed their elders. Same-sex marriage? What’s the big deal? But when it comes to race, the seeming enlightenment flickers out. As a new GenForward Survey of 18-to-34-year-olds reveals, white millennials are “quickly becoming the outlier group in this generation.”

[…]

As you read deeper into the report, the warning signs give way to red alerts. Views on Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the so-called alt-right left me gobsmacked. Not surprisingly, African American millennials (56 percent) thought BLM has “a lot of good ideas and should be a major part of the political discussion.” What did surprise me was that a plurality of white millennials (23 percent) responded that BLM is “nothing but racists and are totally invalid.” Only 19 percent shared the view of BLM of their black counterparts, the least of all the groups. But that’s not the gobsmacking part. That came in Figure 8.

“When asked to compare white nationalist groups with groups that comprise the BLM movement, as in Figure 8,” the survey notes, “white millennials again stand out as the only group where a majority, albeit a slim majority (51 percent), agrees that the two entities are not very different from one another.”

[…]

A majority of black millennials (83 percent), Asian Americans (71 percent) and Latinos (65 percent) “personally see the Confederate flag more as a symbol” of racism than Southern pride. A majority of white millennials (55 percent) believe that flag to be “a symbol of Southern pride.” That demographic split is repeated on the question of whether Confederate statues and symbols should be removed. White millennials oppose removal by 62 percent. African American millennials favor removal by 73 percent.

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:06:44pm

“You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:07:21pm

re: #4 jaunte

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:07:24pm

Tomorrow he’ll say he didn’t say it.

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Flying Squirrel Girl  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:08:10pm

re: #10 Interesting Times

This. The comment wasn’t for the people in the room, it was for his base, who will lap it up and cheer him on.

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Skip Intro  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:09:07pm

Off topic, but does anyone how to contact a human at Amazon? UPS delivered a return to them a week ag,o but Amazon shows no record of it. A second return sent at the same time was credited to my account.

If there’s a way to contact customer service they’ve hidden it so well I can’t find it.

It’s a $500 purchase, so any help would be appreciated.

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:09:08pm
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:10:22pm

re: #11 Citizen K

Conservative millennials think they’re being smart by getting their “news” from Ben Shapiro, and Steve Crowder via YouTube. They’re as dumb as their parents, and even more poorly informed.

I remember when I thought the Internet would make people better informed.

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Ace-o-aces  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:10:34pm

This guy is trying too hard.

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Sir John Barron  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:11:41pm

re: #19 Ace-o-aces

This guy is trying too hard.

Do I want to know who or what the Columbia Bugle is? No, I probably don’t.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:12:21pm

re: #16 Skip Intro

Off topic, but does anyone how to contact a human at Amazon? UPS delivered a return to them a week ag,o but Amazon shows no record of it. A second return sent at the same time was credited to my account.

If there’s a way to contact customer service they’ve hidden it so well I can’t find it.

It’s a $500 purchase, so any help would be appreciated.

google.com

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Ace-o-aces  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:13:12pm

re: #20 Sir John Barron

Do I want to know who or what the Columbia Bugle is? No, I probably don’t.

Either Russian troll or an American moron.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:14:20pm

re: #19 Ace-o-aces

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This guy is trying too hard.

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Ace Rothstein  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:15:01pm

“We have a Mexican in Congress. They call him Wetback.”

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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:15:06pm

Trump in 1993, testifying in front of Native American affairs committee:

“…That probably is me, absolutely. Because I’ll tell you what. If you look, if you look at some of the reservations that you’ve approved, that you, sir, in your great wisdom have approved, I will tell you right now — they don’t look like Indians to me. And they don’t look like the Indians … Now, maybe we say politically correct or not politically correct, they don’t look like Indians to me, and they don’t look like Indians to Indians.”washingtonpost.com

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lawhawk  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:16:41pm

re: #25 jaunte

Trump didn’t want Native Americans competing with his planned casinos - and fought to block casinos being built in Connecticut and the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills for the same reason. He didn’t want the competition from Native American-owned casinos.

He hates competition.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:16:52pm

re: #24 Ace Rothstein

“We have a Mexican in Congress. They call him Wetback.Speedy Gonzales

More in keeping with the racist pop-culture reference theme.

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Interesting Times  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:17:18pm

re: #15 Flying Squirrel Girl

This. The comment wasn’t for the people in the room, it was for his base, who will lap it up and cheer him on.

Case it point, this ridiculous (but all-too-common) member of the genus dumbfuckis ignoramus:

I’d like to tell him it would cause an even bigger “liberal meltdown” if he were to drink a cocktale of bleach and raw sewage and post it on YouTube, but twitter being what it is (punishing anyone but Nazis), I’d probably get put in time-out.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:17:25pm
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jaunte  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:17:30pm
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Citizen K  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:17:41pm

re: #18 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Conservative millennials think they’re being smart by getting their “news” from Ben Shapiro, and Steve Crowder via YouTube. They’re as dumb as their parents, and even more poorly informed.

I remember when I thought the Internet would make people better informed.

It pains me when I read people that treat Shapiro as some brilliant mind and ace debater.

Willful ignorance is a hell of a drug. And my fears continue that we will not be saved by some sort of demographic reckoning, because of the Kobaches of the world.

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Sir John Barron  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:18:11pm

re: #25 jaunte

Trump in 1993, testifying in front of Native American affairs committee:

How did Trumpy manage to get himself an invitation to testify in Congress?

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Skip Intro  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:18:30pm

re: #24 Ace Rothstein

“We have a Mexican in Congress. They call him Wetback.”

Why not? Big yucks all around the boardrooms of America and the shanty towns of Trump’s America.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:18:45pm

re: #28 Interesting Times

Case it point, this ridiculous (but all-too-common) member of the genus dumbfuckis ignoramus:

[Embedded content]

I’d like to tell him it would cause an even bigger “liberal meltdown” if he were to drink a cocktale of bleach and raw sewage and post it on YouTube, but twitter being what it is (punishing anyone but Nazis), I’d probably get put in time-out.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:19:22pm

re: #32 Sir John Barron

How did Trumpy manage to get himself an invitation to testify in Congress?

Knowing his business practices, probably promising a big donation to someone which he somehow failed to actually give.

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MsJ  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:20:52pm

re: #7 Ace-o-aces

[Embedded content]

THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH HIM?!

A lot. Like a lot, a lot.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:20:56pm

re: #31 Citizen K

It pains me when I read people that treat Shapiro as some brilliant mind and ace debater.

Willful ignorance is a hell of a drug. And my fears continue that we will not be saved by some sort of demographic reckoning, because of the Kobaches of the world.

I’ve heard him called that several times on Quora. He has cultivated a devoted following of know-nothings, and Conservatives desperate to hear a Conservative voice that isn’t anti-Semitic.

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Sir John Barron  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:21:11pm

re: #31 Citizen K

It pains me when I read people that treat Shapiro as some brilliant mind and ace debater.

Willful ignorance is a hell of a drug. And my fears continue that we will not be saved by some sort of demographic reckoning, because of the Kobaches of the world.

Apparently Shapiro’s super smart opposition to transgenderism is that ‘you can’t change your age, so you can’t change your gender’. Incredible.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:22:30pm

re: #39 Sir John Barron

Apparently Shapiro’s super smart opposition to transgenderism is that ‘you can’t change your age, so you can’t change your gender’. Incredible.

Apparently saying stupid things for a living pays off.

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Kragar  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:22:50pm
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Kragar  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:25:10pm
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dangerman  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:26:32pm

re: #12 jaunte

“You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.

I repeat from downstairs

No, “they” dont

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Belafon  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:28:16pm

re: #43 dangerman

I repeat from downstairs

No, “they” dont

Repeat it one more time in the next thread.

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dangerman  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:29:47pm

re: #19 Ace-o-aces

[Embedded content]
Trump reminds me of Patton when he does stuff like this. Sure it’s not politically correct, but it’s hilarious and regular people dig it, and the men being honored seemed to find it funny
This guy is trying too hard.

Prepositional trouble

…”at” not “with”

(C’mon…work it out…… It’s not hard)

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Blind Frog Belly White  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:37:33pm

re: #40 Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis

Apparently saying stupid things for a living pays off.

You do have to choose your audience carefully, though.

I saw this the other day:

Lots of people responded with something like ‘It’s a shame people can’t have honest disagreements over politics without anymore’. I think a lot of people really don’t get that how terrible Trump is. We’re not talking about “You support supply side economics so we can’t be friends”. This is more like, “You’re either a racist or you’re okay with racism, so we can’t be friends.”

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Big Beautiful Door  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:38:39pm

re: #41 Kragar

[Embedded content]

They should be disbarred for a blatant corrupt conflict of interest.

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cat-tikvah  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:40:02pm

re: #24 Ace Rothstein

Or the Frito Bandito.
Or Speedy Gonzalez.

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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:40:12pm

re: #46 Blind Frog Belly White

You do have to choose your audience carefully, though.

I saw this the other day:

[Embedded content]

Lots of people responded with something like ‘It’s a shame people can’t have honest disagreements over politics without anymore’. I think a lot of people really don’t get that how terrible Trump is. We’re not talking about “You support supply side economics so we can’t be friends”. This is more like, “You’re either a racist or you’re okay with racism, so we can’t be friends.”

Conservatives often insist that wanting to purge (Jewish|black|gay) people is simply a “different opinion” that intolerant Liberals want to silence.

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Ace-o-aces  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:44:41pm

re: #31 Citizen K

It pains me when I read people that treat Shapiro as some brilliant mind and ace debater.

Ben’s not stupid, just unimaginative and predictable

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MsJ  Nov 27, 2017 • 12:47:41pm

re: #46 Blind Frog Belly White

You do have to choose your audience carefully, though.

I saw this the other day:

[Embedded content]

Lots of people responded with something like ‘It’s a shame people can’t have honest disagreements over politics without anymore’. I think a lot of people really don’t get that how terrible Trump is. We’re not talking about “You support supply side economics so we can’t be friends”. This is more like, “You’re either a racist or you’re okay with racism, so we can’t be friends.”

That’s exactly how I feel. There is no both sides, there is you support a complete fucking asshole who is every -ist and -ism out there and you have no concept of right and wrong….all of which means, we have nothing, zero, bupkis, nada to discuss.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 27, 2017 • 1:17:26pm
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plf1953  Nov 27, 2017 • 7:52:06pm

re: #16 Skip Intro

Give their online chat a try … always works well for me.


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