I remember a time when The Onion could exaggerate the actions of the Republican Party and get a few laughs. Now, you can’t do that anymore, reality is more crazy than even the mind of a comedian. What is happening and has been over the last few years is not funny in the least. The “Grand Ole Party” has made a very sudden purging of all who don’t pass the litmus test, ask the moderate former Republican Mike Castle about that, he’ll tell you a few things. Besides purging their party of any moderates or “compromisers”, they are also governing with no sense of precedent, not even a nod to established procedure and decorum, they’ve become the “Cheat the system however you can” party. I don’t have to remind you of the unprecedented use of the filibuster by Republicans, but I think I will anyway. Chart courtesy of TPM.
So what are the nihilistic Republicans up to now? Well, the congress is in the process of setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was established in the Dodd-Frank Act. Of course the Republican’s, being the shills for Wall Street and big business, never wanted this bureau in the first place so instead of following the provisions of the act and implementing it, they have decided to play games with it. The latest game entails hassling Elizabeth Warren, the woman who was appointed to get the agency going. Most people know her as a staunch advocate for people’s rights when it comes to dealing with banks and Wall Street. The New York Times has a story about the latest bullshit games the GOP are playing with it…(emphasis mine)
A House committee hearing into the structure of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau disintegrated into heated accusations of lying to Congress on Tuesday, with the panel’s chairman accusing Elizabeth Warren of giving misleading testimony at a March hearing and of lying about her agreement to testify this week.
Representative Patrick T. McHenry, a North Carolina Republican who is chairman of a subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee, told Ms. Warren, who is directing the start-up of the consumer agency, that he believed she misled Congress with testimony in March about her role in settlement talks between federal and state authorities and mortgage servicing companies.
Ms. Warren denied Mr. McHenry’s charge, saying that she clearly stated in March that she had provided advice to officials of the Treasury and Justice Departments about their investigations of fraud among mortgage-servicing companies and about their settlement discussions with the companies.
After an hour in which Ms. Warren repeatedly parried efforts by Mr. McHenry and other Republicans to nail her down with “yes or no” answers to questions concerning her testimony in March and about the bureau’s powers and responsibilities, Mr. McHenry moved to temporarily recess the hearing to allow members to travel to the House floor for a vote on an unrelated matter.
Ms. Warren objected, saying that she had juggled her schedule as the committee repeatedly changed the time of the hearing in recent days and had agreed to be present for only an hour.
A vigorous back-and-forth ensued.
Now here is the kicker, those childish Republicans have banded together in the Senate and are throwing a temper tantrum until they get their way. In the same New York Times piece, they said this, “A group of 44 Republican Senators recently signed a letter saying they would not allow a director of the agency to be confirmed unless the Obama administration agreed to structural changes in the agency.” You got that, even though a law was passed and signed by the President, these 44 Senators have decided that unless they do as they say, it will not be so. How do you deal with a group that has gone so far over the edge of sanity and civility? A Scorched Earth SUCKS!
UPDATE: From The Raw Story…
A Democrat on the committee, however, used his time to apologize for his across-the-aisle colleagues’ behavior. Rep. Joe Yarmuth (D-KY) congratulated Warren, while backhandedly insulting other committee members, implying that they were afraid of Warren’s power and effectiveness.
“The snarky comments about a Senate race, and the questioning of your veracity when there is documented evidence that you are being totally truthful indicates to me that this hearing is all about impugning you because people are afraid of you and your ability to communicate in very clear terms the threats to our consumers and the threats to our constituents and possibly very, very effective ways to combat them,” Yarmuth said. ” I congratulate you for instilling such fear in the committee, on the majority side, and in some aspects, or segments, of the business community because they understand how effective you are in getting the message out to the American people.”