Have You Ever Heard of the CFPB? John Berlau Explains


Go back for just a second if you would, give us sort of the foundations of what this is, what it may be intended to be, what it actually is, and how everybody listening to this podcast is affected by the CFPB. Okay. Well, everybody is affected. Everybody who basically gets out of mortgage, the lack of competition, we had actually one of our co plaintiffs in a lawsuit. People and people that we were representing in a lawsuit against the CFPB longtime back that raised some of the same grounds as the Supreme Court is now hearing the community bank, which had not had a default in decades because they knew everyone. It was the state national bank of big spring Texas said that they couldn't make mortgages because weight of the red tape. And this is basically Elizabeth Warren said that you basically should regulate loan products like coasters that the disclosure was not enough. You would need to give a loan has proved to be faulty. I mean, never mind how we've given the way people use it a type of loan. The government needed to ban it. And you needed the consumer financial protection bureau just like the consumer product safety commission. I think about her analogy, especially now that the Biden administration wants to ban gas stoves for their own good. So it's not really good to have the government interfering too much in the market for kitchen appliances or from mortgages, but also one of the things that Barney Frank Barney Frank and Chris Dodd when they were making Don Frank was they put in and unaccountable head of this agency that could not be removed by the president, except for malfeasance. So it was not an independent board like, say, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal communications, board and where you had people of both parties. It was like a cabinet secretary, but it was one that served a fixed 6 year term that could potentially outlast the one of the presidential administration. And on top of that, it was not accountable to Congress either because it did not get its appropriations from Congress. It got its appropriations from the Federal Reserve, the money the Federal Reserve makes from selling from selling dollars.

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