The CFPB has faced criticism not because it is out of control, but because it is effective. If the CFPB were bringing crazy cases, hundreds of federal judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents would simply dismiss the agency’s complaints. And some of those judges would enjoy doing so. Too many of America’s financiers are betting it will be easier to strangle the watchdog than actually follow the rules or pay up when they make a mistake. And worse, too many politicians, pundits, and astroturf-think-tanks-for-the-wealthy want to score political points by taking down what may be the best recent example of a government actually doing really great work for the public. If cooler heads prevail, then we can hope in the coming years the CFPB’s no-nonsense approach to consumer protection will be as universally accepted as seat belts are today.
Democracy Journal, Briefbook, (2017) http://democracyjournal.org/briefing-book/will-congress-remove-consumer-credit-seat-belts/