Yes, it’s fair to ask a Biden banking nominee if she supports communism

Star Parker
Conservative Opinion

Star Parker

Founder & President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education
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It’s back to the drawing board for President Biden. He has to find a new nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees more than 1,000 U.S. banks., after his first choice, Saule Omarova, withdrew her name from Senate consideration for the post. She stepped back after facing some understandably tough questions about her Russian background during her Senate Confirmation hearing.

A number of Republican senators, notably Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), expressed concerns about Omarova’s education and writing as a legal scholar, some of which raised huge red flags. Omarova was educated in the former Soviet Union, which prompted Sen. Kennedy to ask where her loyalties lie.

No it’s not sensationalism that such a nominee has invited the sarcasm, but given that her college degree from Moscow State University gratis of a Lenin Scholarship, and that her doctoral thesis is entitled “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in the Capital,” how she views the world is a legitimate Senate confirmation hearing question.

Omarova is someone who has been nominated by President Biden to oversee our nation’s banking system – and she is on record that she wants to “end banking as we know it” and transfer vast parts of it to government control.

Biden can complain that the tough questions Omarova faced were “personal attacks,” but the fact is her record speaks for itself. That’s why even some Democrats were uneasy with her possibly holding a position of authority over U.S. banks.

Her failed nomination speaks to the worries many Americans have over the vision the Biden White House has for America. His Build Back Better act, an irresponsibly expensive welfare expansion bill that is being held up by reasonable Senate voices like Joe Manchin, is the latest sign the president wants to insert the government further into our lives and take greater control.

So, yes, expect the nominees this President selects to be asked tough questions. It’s the least we can do to protect the America we know and love.

It is ironic when Democrats complain about sensational use of language.

Thanks to progressives, practically every white person in America has been labelled a racist.

But now Democrats are screaming because Republican Sen. John Kennedy suggested that Saule Omarova, whom President Joe Biden has nominated to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – the nation’s top banking regulator – might be a communist.

Kennedy opened his questioning of Omarova at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, asking if he should call her “professor or comrade.”

No it’s not sensationalism that such a nominee has invited the sarcasm but given that her college degree from Moscow State University gratis of a Lenin Scholarship, and that her doctoral thesis is entitled “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in the Capital” how she views the world is a legitimate Senate confirmation hearing question.

Omarova is someone who has been nominated by President Biden to oversee our nation’s banking system – and she is on record that she wants to “end banking as we know it” and transfer vast parts of it to government control.

Maybe we must read Omarova’s doctoral dissertation to get a handle on the fine points of what we call communism.

But if turning our financial services system over to government control is not communism, what is it?

It’s a good thing that the wit of Senator Kennedy rattled the cages of so many democrats that it made mainstream news.

There are notable other areas of which the American public should be concerned about the nomination of Omarova. 

She wants too much government power in a centralized state, such as giving government planners vastly more power over climate control policy – to the extent of intentionally driving small oil and gas businesses to bankruptcy.

Maybe why so many Democrats, including President Biden take offense at Kennedy’s communist labeling is because they take his accusations personally.

The Wall Street Journal calls the Build Back Better multi-trillion dollar spending frenzy, just passed in the House, “the biggest expansion of the entitlement state since the 1960s, and maybe ever.”

It’s past time for us to realize that we have two competing worldviews in America today. 

One sees private property, individual freedom and personal responsibility as the answer to our problems. 

The other sees private property, individual freedom and rewarding personal initiative as the source of our problems.

So beyond the question of who will the President nominate after Omarova, and beyond the question of will the Senate defeat his Build Back Better welfare state expansion Plan, remains the bigger question of who do we as Americans want to be..

Free or not.


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