Blogger Call

I just got off a blogger call with Elizabeth Warren (if you have any doubt that her appointment is seen as by the White House as a concession to the left, note that bloggers are the first people who get to interview her after her appointment was announced) and I got the chance to ask her whether credit reports came under her oversight — especially when they’re used to deny people jobs or to set rates for insurance.

She said yes, it did come under this act — “credit reporting is an important part of credit”, and she said she shared my concerns. She apologized for not being more specific, but said she would be looking into it.

In response to other questions, she said she was looking forward to working on the inside, and would be a part of the president’s economic team with input on larger economic issues.

I think that’s the single biggest gain with this appointment: That working people will have a strong, informed ally in the White House. Someone who really does understand our economic pain.

While I don’t doubt she’ll have her enemies working against her, she sounds confident and ready to fight on behalf of us all. (And, as she pointed out, a year ago Barney Frank told her the idea for this agency was a “pipe dream” that would never happen.)

“This is about rebuilding America’s families, because that’s what will give us a stronger economy,” she said.

I’m feeling a lot more optimistic than I have in a while.

3 thoughts on “Blogger Call

  1. This appointment is nothing but Kabuki.

    Warren will report to a clerk in the basement of the Treasury Department, and will be allowed to bake cookies for Timmy and the Big Boys.

    Carolyn Kay

  2. I tend to see all government as Kabuki. Great question, though, you raised an important point. Today’s unemployment and its effects will ripple through many lives for a long time to come.

  3. Suze, it’s important that you had an opportunity to have some face time with Dr. Warren is exciting, but I’m not at all convinced that Obama/Giethner will do little more than provide extraneous lip service to any proposals that she puts forward. Guess we’ll see!!

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