BANKNOTE – The Deeper Question

Our nation’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, established a government entity with one purpose: To protect the rights of the individual citizen.  It did so by limiting the ability of our government to exercise unwarranted power over any citizen, including private business, which, under individual right to ownership, is an extension of a citizen.The issue of funding the CFPB goes so much deeper than an “appropriations” argument.  The real issue is how much control, power and taxpayer funding is appropriate for an agency of the administrative branch.  The deeper discussion is: Who will oversee any federal agency in order to protect the rights of the citizen?  And therefore, how much power should any bureaucracy have?  This issue goes to the very heart of our nation.The true intent of the “Appropriations Clause” is to codify the law that no federal agent can issue fines, taxes, appropriations of any kind, without the ability of the citizen to fire that person in an election.  Herein lies the one “democratic” principle in our republic, all politicians with taxing authority must stand before the citizens on a regular basis so that, if that congressmen or president abuse the power of government, they can be removed from office.When Senator E. Warren created the CFBP, she deliberately placed the agency under the Federal Reserve, so that it was not subject to congressional oversight as clearly required in the Constitution and Articles.   Warren’s deliberate act was intended to eliminate the founding principle of accountability.  It is and was unconstitutional.   At the deepest level, this discussion is about protection of the individual from an excess of government control.  Many politicians and most bureaucrats believe that government, federal agency and bureaucracy are the correct answer to all our problems.  The vast majority of free citizens absolutely disagree.  We believe, as the nation’s founding documents so clearly state, that government must be severely limited so that it doesn’t grow unconditionally.  Since we citizens pay for that government, through taxation and federal debt, we will have our say.The Constitution and Articles establish significant boundaries for federal action.  The CFPB, and congress, and now SCOTUS have weakened those federal guide-rails significantly.  Pray that Justice Thomas re-examine the real issue before him.

Jay Davidson is founder and CEO of a commercial bank.  He is a student of the Austrian School of Economics and a dedicated capitalist.  He believes there is a direct connection between individual right and responsibility, our Constitution, capitalism, and the intent of our Creator.