Monday, March 2, 2020

Big Tuesday Hearing: Is the Supreme Court Going To Expand Trump's Power?

Good Day World!

While political analysts and pundits are swooning over Super Tuesday, Trump will be hoping he gets the power to fire the federal government's "independent agency's" leadership in a case before the Supreme Court.

The case is Seila Law v. CFPB, which asks whether the president is allowed to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at will.

Why is this an important case? I'm glad you asked.

First, there's a possibility the Court could use the lawsuit to strike down the entire CFPB. If that happens it would dismantle much of the infrastructure Congress built in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Second, and more importantly, there's a greater chance that the Court will use the case to fundamentally alter the balance of power between the president and the federal government's "independent agencies."

Who/or what, is Seila Law, and why are they attacking the CFPB?

They're a law firm being investigated by the CFPB for allegedly engaging in unlawful acts or practices in the advertising, marketing, or sale of debt relief services. 

Political analysts see the case as a Hail Mary attempt to end that investigation by having the entire agency conducting the investigation struck down.

While the outcome is unlikely, the Court's decision is likely to fundamentally rework the balance of power between Trump and various independent agencies.

The way the system currently works various federal officials, ranging from the CFPB director, to Federal Reserve governors, to members of the Federal Trade Commissioners, serve in independent agencies.

This gives the agency's leaders a certain amount of job security. Trump could fire them the way things are now, but only "for cause" or for "inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office."

Trump and his legal minions are hoping that he get's the ability to fire anyone for no apparent reason. Our reality show star president loves saying "you're fired!" because he thinks it makes him look tough.

I wish I could say I believe the Supreme Court will do the right thing, and quit enabling our pathetic excuse for commander in chief but, alas! I can't. 

The Conservative majority seems to think Trump has NO LIMITS to his power.

Time for me to walk on down the road....

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