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  •  Really...a recess appointment of (3+ / 0-)

    a CONSUMER ADVOCATE.

    You don't see the significance of that?  

    On the day the Iowa Republican Caucus confirms a status-quo 1 percenter?

    I cant help you if you don't get it.  

    •  The CFPB was created (3+ / 0-)
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      PsychoSavannah, askew, liberte

      by Dodd-Frank, signed into law on July 21, 2010. That predates the original adbusters #occupywallstreet blog post by almost exactly one year. Unless OWS has some sort of retroactive agency of which I'm unaware, Obama and the Dems have been fighting for an effective "CONSUMER ADVOCATE" for quite a while longer that the tent dwellers.

      •  They're making him do it... (0+ / 0-)
        •  Yes, retroactively. (3+ / 0-)
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          Sue B, askew, dmd76

          You know, the problem was never that the President wasn't moving in this direction, it's that he wasn't moving fast enough.

          You should distinguish between them.  If you want to see real obstructionism, look at Republicans.

          If we make it our mission this next year to take back the Senate and House, then we can see more and better progress.  Until then, we're forced to be largely content with symbolic gestures.

          I'm tired of Democrats mainly making symbolic gestures.  I want forward movement.

          Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

          by Stephen Daugherty on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 08:34:23 AM PST

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        •  Again I ask: (2+ / 0-)
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          askew, liberte

          What is the basis for this claim? Is it something Obama said? A gut feeling?

          Correct me if I'm wrong, but your belief is that even though Obama and the Dems created the CFPB, protected it from repeated attempts by the Republicans to gut it, and have been working to get someone appointed to head it all before OWS even existed (and at a not insignificant political cost), this recess appointment would not have happened without the pressure OWS is exerting on Obama. This makes no sense to me, but I really want to know why you think the tent dwellers deserve credit for the recess appointment. How are they "making him do it"? What leverage do they have on Obama?

          •  "What leverage do they have?" (0+ / 0-)

            They VOTE.

            like, duh...

          •  OWS changes the tone of the national conversation (1+ / 0-)
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            We get the republicans defensively talking about how occupy hates wealth, or success, and people begin to see the disconnect.  They themselves have drawn links between the agency, warren, and ows. Occupy is successful and empowers the president to respond to what is unambiguously a nationwide call for action.

            oo

            •  The CFPB (0+ / 0-)

              was mandated by Dodd-Frank, a year before OWS was a twinkle in the eye of adbusters. Obama appointed Warren to set up the agency in September 2010. Obama nominated Cordray for director of the CFPB on July 18, 2011 (5 days after the original adbusters OWS blog post). "The [CFPB] began operation on July 21, 2011." All of these things were done without "OWS [changing] the tone of the national conversation". Is it your claim that Obama and the Democrats could do all of these things without OWS's new tone, but a recess appointment to head the agency was a bridge too far?

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