If You Don’t Pay, You’re a Nobody

As reported by the New York Times this week:

Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told banking industry executives on Tuesday that they should press lawmakers hard to pursue their agenda, and revealed that, as a congressman, he would meet only with lobbyists if they had contributed to his campaign.

“We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress,” Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker from South Carolina, told 1,300 bankers and lending industry officials at an American Bankers Association conference in Washington. “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

This is your government in action. But I assume you already knew that. And that it’s what you want. After all, you’re the ones who keep electing such people — people who say they’ll drain the swamp but instead fill it with the likes of Mr. Mulvaney.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mulvaney is busy dismantling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He and his boss (the president) are staunchly opposed to consumer rights. Businesses should be allowed to do whatever they want in their minds. Which is fine. That’s apparently what people want. Otherwise, there would be someone else sitting in the Oval Office.

In any case, you’re on your own. Just the way you want it.

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