Almost everyone knows that to “pull a Kanye” means to steal the limelight when it rightfully belongs elsewhere. With Sen. Dodd’s suggestion that the Consumer Financial Protection Agency be housed in the Federal Reserve, it looked as if Ben Bernanke had successfully “pulled a Kanye” on an independent CFPA. But before Bernanke had time to say “Imma let you finish” to Elizabeth Warren, the Fed Chair was sideswiped by a group of Senators who want to strip away his authority over any but the largest banks.
Now we’ve got a real mess on our hands. If the CFPA is housed in the Fed, but the Fed doesn’t regulate most American banks, how will American consumers get the protection they need?