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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fire Leandra English

Has no one in the press read the Constitution?

"Article II, Section 1, 1: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."

That means President Trump could fire James Comey as FBI director without any explanation.

It also means Leandra English was never acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and her attempted coup de bureaucracy should result in the end of her employment.

There is no such thing as an "independent agency" in the federal government. There are only three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.

Civil Service employees are not in charge.

The Democratic Party and its reporters want you to think Richard Cordray, the political hack that  Obama appointed to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, quit and tried to make Leandra English, another political hack, his successor.


Only a president can do that.

English filed a frivolous lawsuit challenging the president's position as the chief executive.

The press largely sided with her. That's because the press largely serves the Democratic Party. Not the president. Not the country. And certainly not the public.

President Trump appointed Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney acting director until he can get someone approved by the Senate.

From Politico:
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has “taken charge” of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday, despite competing claims to the bureau's top job.
“Director Mulvaney has taken charge of that agency and he has the full cooperation of the staff and appeared there this morning and things went very well,” Sanders said at the White House press briefing.
Sanders’ remarks come after President Donald Trump sparked confusion over the weekend by tapping Mulvaney to replace outgoing CFPB Director Richard Cordray after the agency chief had established his deputy, Leandra English, as his successor.
There is no confusion -- except in the dull minds of Democratic Party stenographers.

Cordray has no power to establish a damned thing.

English deserves to be canned for insubordination. We cannot allow the monkeys to run the zoo.

Frankly, I would get rid of the entire agency. It is a Marxist institution with six-figure salaried, employees who contribute nothing to society.

In short, a modern university without students.


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  1. "That means President Trump could fire James Comey as FBI director without any explanation."

    That was before Nixon got impeached.

    1. Right after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

    2. Correct, except that Nixon was not impeached.


  2. I saw the many page briefs by both sides, and I'm going to repeat a far simpler explanation using the wording of the law:

    There is in everyday English as spoken and understood, a huge difference between the words “the" and "a".

    (B) Serve as acting Director in case of absence or unavailability of THE Director.

    There is no “the Director” for English to serve in place of. The law quite clearly doesn’t state the deputy director will serve in place of “a” Director if there is none but that the deputy director shall serve in place of “the” Director should said Director be unavailable. Based on common everyday understanding of the English language and how it works, English has absolutely no standing.

    1. When it comes to wordsmithing, that's fine and dandy, except that (as I understand it) Congress created the CFPB under the aegis of the Federal Reserve, which IS an independent agency. What that designation implies regarding the extent and the limit of the president's power of appointment, I haven't a clue. But, whatever the case, so-called independent agencies should not exist, for the same reason the Independent Counsel should not exist. No agency and no officer of the state should be unaccountable either to the Congress or to the President.

  3. Methinks that Mulvaney wants to shut it down as well. Anything Liawatha Warren set up should be shut down.

    1. Standing O from the EP of DubVee, Schlongy!

  4. Sounds like she stepped into a deeeeeep mud pit.

  5. Pass the popcorn!

    And while abolishing the unconstitutional, Marxist-inspired CFPB, can we reexamine exactly what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Import-Export Bank, and the Federal Reserve Bank in general have done for us (or to us) lately? - Elric

  6. Saw this typed by a blog commenter who was listening to a press conference.

    Mulvaney; ...I will be as independent from Donald Trump in this role as Richard Cordrey was and Timothy Geitner was from President Obama...
    ...As to Miss English, yeah, if she wants to show up here tomorrow, I think she is still employed here...we've certainly not taken any steps here today to terminate her...I honestly don't know the rules yet...I don't know if a no-call, no show for one day justifies termination...Maybe she took a vacation day for the long Vacation Weekend... We are going by the book when dealing with Ms English.

  7. By the way, most happy if Mulvaney takes over the agency. But also satisfied if the agency devolves into chaos while the succession is litigated.
    Please god, Repubs. Close down this agency and give us back the tax money.

    1. Pay us back with interest, to borrow an old Hollies song. Attaway Jim.

  8. Bring back the spoils system, seriously.

  9. If Trymp every gets one of those mottos on his desk that you hear of some Presidents favoring, I hope it's "If you don't like it, there's the door."

    1. He's already got, "You're FIRED!"

      Why reinvent the wheel?

  10. Federal Judge already ruled that the structure of the CFPB is Un-Constitutional.

    Full Repeal of Dodd/Frank should have been done the first week of Trump's Presidency, which would have resulted in the CFPB being completely abolished.

    Really need to investigate everything its done also - looks like they functioned for the purpose of funneling taxpayer $$ to Liberal special interest groups.

  11. Fire her? It sounds like English and Cordray attempted to illegally undermine the US presidency. That sounds like collusion and treason to me. Put her in jail.

    1. But, but, but...he was a Jeopardy champion! In my former job, I thought a data share with the CFPB would be a good idea re customer complaints, a question on our Form U-4. Nobody wanted to touch it. In hindsight, I realize that this secretive, uncooperative organization was above the law. As its "framers" intended. SHUT IT DOWN!

  12. Andrew McCarthy breaks down the legal aspects of the case here:

    Long story short: "Some legal questions are tough. The question of who should lawfully be considered the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is not one of them. President Trump unquestionably has the power to name Mick Mulvaney (his Senate-confirmed budget director) to the position, and he has done so. The lawsuit seeking to block this appointment, filed by the CFPB’s deputy director Leandra English — who hopes to take the job herself — is frivolous and offensive."