News behind the news. This picture is me (white spot) standing on the bridge connecting European and North American tectonic plates. It is located in the Reykjanes area of Iceland. By-the-way, this is a color picture.
I have no idea how to drain the swamp in Washington. My first thought would be to fire all lobbyists, but somehow lobbying would still happen. Million dollar businesses always seem to find a way to survive. However, every now and then someone in Washington comes up with a good idea. That good idea does not always survive, but occasionally it does.
Just the News reported yesterday that four Republican senators are introducing legislation that seeks to eliminate government waste by establishing a bipartisan commission tasked with reviewing federal agencies and furnishing cost-cutting recommendations.
The article reports:
The Agency Accountability Act proposed by Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis calls for the creation of a bipartisan Federal Agency Sunset Commission.
The 13-person commission would be comprised of people appointed by House and Senate majority and minority leaders and one person appointed by the president. Of the three appointees made by each of the majority and minority leaders, two must be appointed from members of the respective chamber of Congress and one must be appointed from outside.
At a minimum the group would need to evaluate all federal agencies and advisory commissions one time each six years and then provide a recommendation about whether those entities should be reorganized, nixed or remain the same.
If the commission suggests changing or dispensing with a government entity, it is supposed to provide Congress with proposed legislative language to carry out the suggested changes. If the commission recommends no change it is supposed to explain its evaluation to Congress in a report.
This is a fantastic idea that will be fought tooth and nail by bureaucrats who support big government.
Like him or not, President Trump is a businessman. He has also encouraged Congress to do things that make sense from a business perspective. He worked hard to undo the damage done by the economic policies of the Obama administration–he has decreased regulation, lowered corporate taxes, and it working hard to put Americans back to work. Well, it looks as if Congress has also decided to help encourage the American economy.
The Daily Caller reported yesterday that the Senate had voted 67-31 to roll back some of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank bill. At this point I need to mention that the Dodd-Frank bill was a supposed solution to the housing bubble, but never actually addressed the read source of the problem. The video below explains the true source of the problem.
Below is a nine-year old YouTube video I have repeatedly posted. It is the most honest history of the housing bubble I have seen. It is embedded because I am afraid that someday YouTube will take it down:
The DC Caller Article reports:
Seventeen Democratic senators joined Republicans in the Senate to approve the roll back.
“This bill has received widespread support for good reason: the cycle of lending and job creation has been stifled by onerous regulation,” Crapo said on the Senate floor prior to Wednesday evening’s vote.
Dodd-Frank was originally intended to increase transparency by implementing a consistent set of regulations aimed at closing loopholes and making firms accountable for their own mistakes. The bill attempted to shift the burden of major financial mistakes from taxpayers to market participants, ensuring those who partake in risky investment practices would bear the financial burden of their mistakes. Dodd-Frank promised to “end too big to fail” and “promote financial stability.”
Large banking institutions have grown dramatically since the passage of Dodd-Frank despite the act’s intentions, and small community banks have incurred serious losses as they try to keep up. Crippling regulations saddled smaller banks, forcing American consumers to market with fewer investment vehicles and greater costs.
Even if Dodd-Frank were actually attempting to address the true cause of the housing market collapse, it failed miserably.
There is some question as to whether or not the bill can pass in the House of Representatives.
Just as a reminder, I would like to post the content of an article that I wrote in March of 2009 here:
I don’t have a link on this because I don’t want to get people in trouble. This is a true story, but I will leave the specific names out. This is truly a tale of the upside down world we currently live in.
There is a small local bank in a city in Massachusetts. It is not a rich city, and the city has the reputation of being a rather ‘rough’ city. The bank is a small local bank that has probably been in business for twenty or thirty years. The bank has had no foreclosures on property that it owns this year. The bank had made a small profit last year. Almost (if not) all of the mortgages the bank has given out are current. No property is currently in foreclosure. This rather quiet little bank is simply doing its job of being a small, local bank as best it can.
Last week the bank got a letter from the federal agency that regulates the bankling industry in this country. The letter had done its annual review of the bank and was sending the results to the bank. The letter was highly critical of the bank–the agency felt that the bank had not created enough sub-prime mortgages and that it had not done enough lending to people in lower income brackets with bad credit ratings. Duh. That’s why the bank is not in need of bailout money!!
The time has come for a little common sense on the part of the government.
The real cause of the housing crisis was the federal government. How can we manage to get them under control?