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07-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Republicans love fine print

Will GOP Filibuster of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Head Be The End Of The 2010 Voter Revolution? - Rick Ungar - The Policy Page - Forbes
Yet, forty-four Republican members of the United States Senate have promised to filibuster the appointment of anyone chosen by President Obama to head up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the new agency charged with requiring banks to communicate with consumers in big print and in language we can all understand as it strives to protect us all from abusive mortgage lending practices and hidden credit card fees.........................We donít like fine print in consumer contracts just as we donít like being surprised by shocking rises in the rate of interest we pay on credit cards and other consumer debt. And I doubt there is much of anything you can do or say that is going to change our minds on this one.

So unless the GOP can show us how the existence of this new agency is going to cause the American consumer to be fooled yet again by consumer contracts Ė and you can do so in large print that we can easily understand Ė youíve on the wrong side of this fight.

This being the case, if I were Mitch McConnell (insert snarky comment here), I think I just might let this one go.

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But it's the principle involved! Any new government bureaucracy is another hand in our pocket, another job-killing union-coddling jackboot on the throat of American Liberty and Business and creates yet another bunch of nanny-state addicts. Real Americans either read the fine print (as they are the ones who put it there in the first place) or alternately expect to be screwed by the banks anyway. Which, come to think of it, pretty much defines the core Republican party
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He can still appoint whomever he wants. He just has to wait for a recess.
Ordinarily though, doing that makes the president look bad; but since they have said up front that they will filibuster anyone, Obama can use that to his advantage. He can make a big deal of it an turn it around on them. All he has to do is use it as a reason for doing what he is going to do (before he makes the appointment), rather than making the appointment first, then trying to use it as an after action explanation.
He has a really great opportunity here if he plays it right.

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