The Americans delivering the Republicans the House of Representatives - is their way of applying the brakes to an out-of-control, runaway Joe Biden Administration.
If only the out-of-control, runaway Joe Biden Administration cared even a little about what Americans want.
Biden’s Agencies in for a Big Year:
“A lot is riding on federal agencies to craft the policies and dole out the cash necessary to meet the Biden administration’s climate goals…. He’s unlikely to get any help from the newly divided Congress. So reaching those targets will depend largely on how Biden’s agencies….”
West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin spent the last two years being The Most Important Man in DC. Which he allowed to render him The Biggest Sucker in DC.
“While a long regulatory process must play out before the agency’s thinking becomes formal, the announcement nevertheless incensed the lawmaker whose vote made the legislation possible.
“Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said Treasury’s interpretation ‘bends to the desires of the companies looking for loopholes and is clearly inconsistent with the intent of the law.’ The guidance, he continued, ‘only serves to weaken our ability to become a more energy secure nation.’
“Manchin didn’t stop there. He also pledged to introduce legislation when the Senate returns to Washington that ‘further clarifies the original intent of the law and prevents this dangerous interpretation from Treasury from moving forward.’
“Treasury responds: The Biden administration didn’t back down. Treasury insisted it ‘is simply following the tax laws and the IRA as written.’ And its tax credit guidance for leased vehicles, the department added, are based on tax laws that are ‘longstanding, settled and clear.’”
EVERYONE knew The Bureaucracies would “interpret” anything Congress gave it - to its maximum, massive-power-grab advantage. Except, apparently, Senator Manchin.
That Court ruling was nearly a decade ago. Since - the Supreme Court has moved at least a little towards Constitutional sanity.
SCOTUS Declares Our Independence from DC's Great Bureaucracy:
“What these two rulings do - is take power back from unelected bureaucrats and return it to We the People.
“The Constitutional concept is: Our representative, republican government means we get to vote for people who vote on things that affect us. That’s the Legislative Branch - Congress.
“Which means unelected judges (Judicial - Roe) and unelected bureaucrats (Executive - EPA) can’t make those decisions for us. Because that’s tyranny.
“Except Congress has been outsourcing its Constitutional, legislative duties in this way - for decades. That way they can grow DC - without having their fingerprints on growing DC. So they can claim innocence - and keep getting re-elected.
“Born out of this Congressional awfulness - was the Swamp. Or the Deep State. Or whatever you want to call it. And even more than the Judiciary, the Executive Branch bureaucracy has come to dominate the people they are supposed to serve.
“Which is why Big Government aficionados everywhere are FREAKING OUT about the Court’s EPA ruling. Because that’s the one that reins in not just the EPA’s Green Freaks - but bureaucrats festering throughout DC.
“‘Supreme Court Decision Likely To Limit Reach Of FCC And Other Federal Agencies’”
If only the out-of-control, runaway Joe Biden Administration cared even a little about what the Founding Fathers wanted - and what the Supreme Court expressly said.
Instead, the Biden Administration continues unabated to ratchet up The Bureaucracies’ regulations.
To wit: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)….
CFPB Proposes Registry to Detect Repeat Offenders:
“(T)he Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed requiring certain nonbank financial firms to register with the CFPB when they become subject to certain local, state, or federal consumer financial protection agency or court orders. The CFPB has further proposed to publish the orders and company information via an online registry."
President Biden Wants the CFPB to Take Over Credit Reporting?:
“Biden will create a new public credit reporting and scoring division within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide consumers with a government option that seeks to minimize racial disparities, for example by ensuring the algorithms used for credit scoring don’t have a discriminatory impact, and by accepting non-traditional sources of data like rental history and utility bills to establish credit.”
“The Biden administration is laying the groundwork to target nonbank firms with stricter federal oversight as regulators grow concerned about financial threats from companies operating outside of the tightly supervised banking system.
“The move from the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel of top regulators tasked with monitoring the stability of the financial system, would likely ease or repeal Trump-era restrictions that sought to limit the regulation of nonbanks….”
Has Congress passed legislation expressly empowering the CFPB to do any of this? Heavens no.
Oh - and not incidentally: Is the CFPB its own self even remotely Constitutional? Heavens no:
“We got another (unconstitutional bureaucracy) in Dodd-Frank - the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
“‘Court Rules CFPB's Structure Is Unconstitutional:
“‘The judgement states: “The Director enjoys significantly more unilateral power than any single member of any other independent agency. By ‘unilateral power,’ we mean power that is not checked by the President or by other colleagues.
“‘“Indeed, other than the President, the Director of the CFPB is the single most powerful official in the entire United States Government, at least when measured in terms of unilateral power.”’
“Has that ruling killed the CFPB? Heavens no. This is Washington, D.C. after all.”
Here’s hoping the newly-minted GOP House will do something about all of this.
Not that the Biden Administration would care even a little if it did.