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Of All Joe Biden's Weird Decisions, Saule Omarova's Pick Is the Weirdest — and the Most Ominous

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Joe Biden has made so many cockamamie decisions in the 26.5 million seconds since he vowed to uphold the U.S. Constitution that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. Which, come to think of it, may be the plan of his, or of the faceless, leftist knobs that he admits instruct the 79-year-old what to do.

For example, Biden nominated a rabid, anti-gun activist to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He gave up on that one eventually.

Then, to run the powerful Bureau of Land Management, Biden named Tracy Sloane-Manning as director.

She’s one of what appears to be some kind of perverse Biden diversity program, reaching out to people who have absolutely no useful experience in a particular field and putting them in charge of it because of their gender, race, or ideology.

Biden’s BLM nominee was a retired eco-terrorist who colluded with the nice folks who drive metal spikes into trees to kill or maim loggers when their chainsaw hits the steel stake.

In September, Senate Democrats confirmed her anyway. So now, that Biden pick oversees 12 percent of the entire U.S. land mass, some 250 million acres. She controls, among many others things, thousands of oil and gas leases, and millions of acres of grazing lands.

They produce multiple millions in government revenues, unless some crazy person cancels them to raise the price of gas, so Americans driving cars with combustion engines give them up for electric ones.

Now comes the latest Biden nominee whose confirmation seems in doubt, following a fiery hearing last Thursday. The nominee is Saule Omarova.

You probably haven’t heard that much in the mainstream media about her background, because that would look too much like being a public watchdog on Democrats, instead of just counting Republican lies.

Let’s try to imagine the Biden staff meeting that picked this nominee for Biden to name Comptroller of the Currency. That’s the part of the Treasury Department that oversees every one of the nation’s banks, more than 1,200 of them, with assets of nearly $15 trillion. It charters them, regulates them, and supervises all national banks and federal savings associations, plus the agencies of foreign banks.

“So, who’ve we got?”

“Saule Omarova. She’s got everything – immigrant, militant, ideological.”

“What do we know about her?”

“Well, we can’t find her father or exact birth date. But she was born in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic around 1966. She was chosen for a Lenin Scholarship at Moscow State University where her thesis was “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in Das Kapital.”

“Intriguing.”

 

“Aren’t you afraid the public will be angry we’re naming a Marxist scholar to oversee all American banks?”

“Nah, they don’t pay attention beyond one news cycle.”

“Just as the Soviet Union was collapsing in 1991, she somehow emigrated to the U.S., said she had only one suitcase and $50. But then she graduated from Northwestern’s Law School and got a PhD from the University of Wisconsin where she did another thesis on ‘The Political Economy of Oil in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan.’ She teaches at Cornell now.”

“Isn’t that where Biden went and said he graduated near the top of his class?”

“No, he went to Syracuse and was 76th out of 85.”

“Has she got anything on the record to know about?”

“Well, she’s called the finance business ‘the quintessential a**hole industry’ and says she hopes the oil companies all go bankrupt.”

“Oh, and here’s her tweet on the gender pay gap:

Until I came to the US, I couldn’t imagine that thing like gender pay gap still existed in today’s world. Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there. Markets don’t always ‘know best.

“That’s wonderful! The Big Guy will love that. Might please Putin. Biden won’t remember, but I’ll tell him anyway.”

Omarova did indeed say she hoped oil, gas, and coal companies with their thousands of employees would collapse, because that would ease adoption of a green agenda.

To be exact, she said: “We want them to go bankrupt if we want to tackle climate change.”

Here at RedState, we’ve been pretty vigilant detailing this dangerous pick by her ominous policy ideas here and her worrisome background here.

Senior GOP Banking Committee member Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more radical choice for any regulatory spot in our federal government.”

Of course, the opposition party will always find faults. That’s its job in our two-party system. In this case, however, it’s extremely easy. Picking a Karl Marx scholar to oversee the United States’ banking system. What could go wrong there?  Or right, if you’re in Democrats’ radical left?

Of particular concern to GOP committee members is Omarova’s idea that all private bank accounts should be abolished and everyone’s deposits held by the Federal Reserve. That sure sounds more like collectivist thinking from an extinct, Soviet socialist republic than some regular Joe from Scranton.

At one point in that contentious Thursday hearing, Omarova, an expert on financial regulation, felt compelled to break Rule Four of public life: Never say what you’re not. Omarova declared, “Senator, I’m not a Communist.”

Even if her claim is true, that such a statement is necessary just 10 months into this ambitiously transformational administration of ideological klutzes reveals much about yet another nominee of that renowned political moderate Joe Biden.