Fox News is reporting today the following:
House Democrats are proposing that all banks and credit unions receive a new “diversity and inclusion” rating in an unprecedented step that would fundamentally alter federal regulators’ critical “CAMELS” rating system that currently employs a series of metrics that solely assess the financial health of banking institutions.
The “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Banking Act of 2019” is draft legislation supported by Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, which was created by House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Maxine Waters Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Waters has long pushed for government-led diversity efforts, even as Republicans have challenged her knowledge of fundamental economic issues.
“We need to change it and we need to change it right away. The excuse that we can’t find any, that’s what I’m hearing from some of you, that’s not acceptable,” Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said at a Wednesday hearing held by the subcommittee. “When you have power, you have to use it. We have the power. Regulations may be the thing to do. I think the carrot was a good idea, but after having heard some things today, I think we have to move to the stick, that’s regulations.”
The problem with this idea is that is overlooks the practical aspects of banking–the balance sheets and need for discretion when lending money. This bill represents the kind of thinking that brought us the housing bubble that exploded in 2008.
The following video shows what happened the last time Congress interfered in the lending industry:
If this is the sort of legislation the Democrats pursue when they control the House of Representatives, we need to vote them out of power before they destroy the economy again.