Consumer bureau 'Stalinistic' – Republican senator
December 12th, 2011
10:50 AM ET
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Consumer bureau 'Stalinistic' – Republican senator

Washington (CNNMoney) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defended his vote to block confirmation of a director to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by comparing it to something out of the reign of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

In an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Graham accused the bureau of being "something out of a Stalinist era," because it has no board monitoring it and it doesn't have to go through the congressional appropriation process.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Let me guess this straight: the GOP says it does not oppose the concept of the Board, only the methods by which it operates. In light of that, what would be acceptable? Instead of throwing out some pointless term like " Stalinesque", how about explaining why the makeup, mission and lack of oversight require this Board to be beholden to a group of droolng fools who's only intent is to make sure their friends in the financial world are never held accountable? Why is it that the GOP will always defend the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us?

    December 12, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. GI Joe

    They want us, instead, to accept the Fascist uber wealthy congressional oversight.

    NO

    December 12, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Mike Texoma

    Regulatory agencies are part of the Executive Branch, serving at the pleasure of the President unless, like Justice, they are given some legislative independence. Congress does not get to run the Executive branch. The GOP and its mentors do not like the onsummer protection idea and want to control it in order to kill it. Lindsey is only toeing his handlers' line.

    December 12, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. underoverit

    Tom asked,,,,,
    "Why is it that the GOP will always defend the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us?"

    simple short answer is this,,,,, thats who funds them

    December 12, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Debbie

    Lindsey....you are embarrassing yourself. You cannot say one day that the GOP must be a big tent and then on the next day say you are not for protecting those people in the tent. Just stop.

    December 12, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Stalinesque. Marxist. Socialist. The GOP talking heads are working their way thru every known name they can come up with. They conveniently leave out their own.....Theocratic

    December 12, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. robert J

    I didn't even have to read Grahams comment – morew the party of no – who needs all the congress people asnd senators when the answer is always NO – God I pray by this time next December the Republican party is extinct like the dinasours they are

    December 12, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    underoverit, I only ask this because of my level of frustration at a group that used to have a lot of level-headed thinkers, but seems to be willing to accept the flat-earthers for leadership.

    December 12, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Emperor Norton

    It really does sound suspiciously like they're blocking the appointment of an official who would be likely to fine or imprison at least one major political donor.

    December 12, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    If anything is "Stalinesque", its the GOP in their insistance that everyone adhere to their positions and opinions, no matter how crazy. Anyone remember Chris Wallace having to post a video online recanting his error after calling Bachmann a flake, or Newt after his " right-wing social engineering" comment on the Ryan plan? Please, they are closer to being Fascist or Stalinesque than anyone in the political spectrum.

    December 12, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. rs

    Sure, "Stalinistic" Graham- good one. You can't even define what "Stalinitic" might mean. So, any other hypocritical hyperbole to throw around there, Mr. "I don't give a rip for the middle class" Graham??

    December 12, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. george of the jungle

    like with every thing else the repos do.of course they want a board, a bipartisan board. so they can vote against the democrats and keep everything in gridlock. Why would they want to regulate their buddies on wall street or in the banking and lending business? Grahmn is a slimmey little pisant and needs to go. Everything about him oozes slime.unbelievable that people still vote for these clowns. If the president can go arounfd them then he must. They are a waste of out time and holding back the economy with all their nonsense.

    December 12, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    This is just a prelude to the bombarment over the so-called czars overseeing different areas. Someone needs to point out that the GWB administration not only invented the practice, but had three times as many czars as the Obama administration.

    December 12, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wasn't McCain complaining the other day that GOPers didn't have a "message" folks could relate to anymore? Guess they think they found it in Joseph Stalin, huh? OK, then.

    December 12, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is TRYING to set up a dictatorship, in this country. that IS his goal.

    December 12, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. underoverit

    tom i do understand the frustration, but the flateathers comment i got a good laugh at thank you

    December 12, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. A Texas Democrat

    ` Stalinistic`-- seriously !!!!! -- And anyone that disagrees with the Republican mantra is always ignorant and uninformed. -Then just call me a college educated dummy that actually thinks and doesn`t swallow what everything I`m told.

    December 12, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Keyser Soze

    Rather bizarre comment to make. Instead of looking out for consumers (i.e. the middle class), the gentleman would rather launch us further towards a plutocracy. Why can't today's version of the GOP see the error of their ways?

    December 12, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama is TRYING to set up a dictatorship, in this country. that IS his goal.
    ------------
    Did you know that a Republican president named George set himself up with nearly 50 czars? Some of them were doing and running things too secret for the GWB administration to tell us about.

    December 12, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Name a piece of Amurikan legislation more "Stalinist" than the Patriot Act. We're waiting....

    December 12, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. AlaskaPalin

    Its politics folks. When he made that statement you can be assured that we are lest than a year away from a presidential election. It came like a bolt out of the blue. If he was speaking directly about obama, one wonders whether he would have said, 'maoist'!

    December 12, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Emperor Norton

    Rick, I'm sure you have simply reams of factual, objective evidence that Obama is attempting to set himself up as a dictator for life, and I for one would like to see at least some of it. Links would be great.

    Please note that anything from Fox News, World Net Daily, Andrew Breitbart, Newsmax, or similar agencies will not be considered "objective."

    December 12, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Oh, the guy who captured Berlin during WWII and his legacy is either that of a total jerk or a capable leader. He's dead. Big whoop. What's your point, Graham? Is his name supposed to elicit fear? We know high school history, dude.

    Man, the GOP is so boring.

    December 12, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. underoverit

    @Rudy
    Also, do not overlook how many "Executive Orders" good ole' GWB used compared to OB. Theres a distinct contrast in numbers that would imply "W" was pushing harder for a dictatorship than OB. Lets not forget the Patriot Act either, which was repelled under OB. Not sayin either wanted a dictorship but just responding to what i saw as an absurd remark prior to yours

    December 12, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why didn't he just go full hog and call it Satanistic?
    Anything or anyone that regulates big business or Wall Street is likened to the devil himself by the GOP.

    December 12, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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