You might have guessed that I don’t have a ton of respect for our nation’s regulatory apparatus, particularly in the finance space. Too often regulators listen to their Wall Street friends over the nuances of the law, are slow to identify abuses and slower still to crack down on them, and when they finally get around to accountability measures, give the lightest slaps on the wrist possible. This makes sense for them, as they wouldn’t want to upset their future employers with rules and regulations and enforcement actions that cut into their profits. The common phrase used is “regulatory capture” – at this point, I’m not sure they have to be captured. Everybody knows the deal.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 7:28 am|
It’s hard not to get blinded by the searing light of Bill Clinton. But Elizabeth Warren gave the speech that spoke more to me last night. Strip away the reason all these speeches are happening – support for the President – and the stories that Warren and Clinton told were a little different. Clinton told a story of Democratic policy ideas building a foundation for growth, and creating opportunity, and bringing back shared prosperity. He added an important moral component that “poverty, discrimination and ignorance restrict growth.”
Warren told the truth. “The game is rigged,” she said, and then she explained how.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 13, 2012 10:45 am|
Considering how banks got away with submitting false documents to state courts on mortgage and foreclosure issues, why should we be surprised that they brought the same eye for detail to credit card debt collection? A Times article exposes how the companies are getting away with foreclosure-like fraud.
|By: MSPB Watch Sunday July 22, 2012 5:00 pm|
Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at news stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:40 am|
In a proof of concept one year after the standing up of the agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an enforcement action that will give consumers a full refund on illegal credit card fees extracted by Capital One.