I’m outraged! Not because President Obama signed the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – that makes me mad too – but there’s more. The White House released a video called “What Wall Street Reform Means to You.” The video explains briefly and grossly the financial crisis we just went through, blaming banks for the mess and then justifies the new law. The video:
- Compares banks to gamblers, “playing and gambling with (consumers) money”, at casino’s.
- States “As a result millions became unemployed.”
- Says “Consumers had to fill out unintelligible mortgage documents for the bank.” Now let me ask “Who requires all of those documents?” Duh – the government!
- States “This risky behavior had to be stopped.”
After blaming bankers for the economy, it goes on to explain how the new consumer protection agency will:
- “Make those unintelligible mortgage documents a whole lot easier.” (Yeah – can’t wait to see that!)
- Says there will be “no more betting – just banking.”
- And then says at the end “(this law) protects consumers from the bank.”
Amazing! I’ve always said you can’t regulate ethics and I also believe regulations suppress the free enterprise system. Not that this is new, but this Act will punish the ethical and suppress our economy even more – mark my words. I predict many smaller institutions will simply sell or close as the dozens of new regulations will be a huge burden.
So who pays for all of these new regulations? Consumers, of course. This is the same government that believed the new RESPA rules would save home loan borrowers $800+ dollars per loan (this isn’t supposed to be funny), this new law will cost Americans severely.
Sorry to be so pessimistic, but this law is BAD! And the White House video is very unprofessional, blankets all bankers and blames bankers for the decisions of a few. Shame on them!
David’s banking career began as a field examiner for the FDIC in 1990. He later became a Compliance Officer and Loan Officer for a small bank. In 1993, he established Banker’s Compliance Consulting. Along with his amazingly talented Team, he has written numerous compliance articles for prestigious banking publications and has developed compliance seminars that Banker’s Compliance Consulting produces.
He is an expert in compliance regulations. He is also a motivational speaker and innovative educator. His quick wit and sense of humor transform the usually tiring topic of compliance into an enjoyable educational experience. David is on the faculty of the American Bankers Association National Compliance Schools and has served on the faculty of the Center for Financial Training for many years. He also is a frequent speaker at the ABA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference. He is also a trainer for hundreds of webinars, is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), and has been a BankersOnline Guru for many years. The American Bankers Association honored David with their Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
David and his wife Karen have 3 adult children and 2 grandsons (none of whom live at home!) and 3 cats (of which Dave is allergic … the cats, not the children!). They live on a lake in Nebraska and when possible he can be found fishing or making sawdust in his shop. David plays the guitar & piano and enjoys singing with Karen. They occasionally lead worship at their church.