This is weird: On Wednesday, May 20, (Recall Why TARP Funds Were Necessary) I wrote the following:
“Lastly, I would like to see a bi-partisan, Blue Ribbon panel put together analyzing why this occurred. Put an Elizabeth Warren or a Paul Volcker in charge, and give them 6 months to create a comprehension assessment of what went wrong, along with recommendations on how to fix it.”
That night, I read in the NYT The Caucus:
“President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at curbing financial fraud in the mortgage and other industries, including a provision that created an independent panel to investigate the root causes of the nation’s economic downturn.“
That was obviously in the works for a long time . . . but the coincidental timing was sure funny.
Now, let us see who gets put on this panel, and who chairs it.
SEC. 5. FINANCIAL CRISIS INQUIRY COMMISSION.
(a) Establishment Of Commission.—There is established in the legislative branch the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (in this section referred to as the “Commission”) to examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.
(b) Composition Of The Commission.—
(1) MEMBERS.—The Commission shall be composed of 10 members, of whom—
(A) 3 members shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, in consultation with relevant Committees;
(B) 3 members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, in consultation with relevant Committees;
(C) 2 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, in consultation with relevant Committees; and
(D) 2 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, in consultation with relevant Committees.
(2) QUALIFICATIONS; LIMITATION.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—It is the sense of the Congress that individuals appointed to the Commission should be prominent United States citizens with national recognition and significant depth of experience in such fields as banking, regulation of markets, taxation, finance, economics, consumer protection, and housing.
(B) LIMITATION.—No person who is a member of Congress or an officer or employee of the Federal Government or any State or local government may serve as a member of the Commission.
(3) CHAIRPERSON; VICE CHAIRPERSON.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to the requirements of subparagraph (B), the Chairperson of the Commission shall be selected jointly by the Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Vice Chairperson shall be selected jointly by the Minority Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
(B) POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION.—The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Commission may not be from the same political party.
SEC. 5. FINANCIAL CRISIS INQUIRY COMMISSION