Former Romney Campaign Co-Chair Tim Pawlenty: Banks Should Just Be Trusted To “Voluntarily” Self-Regulate.

In news that is likely to surprise absolutely no one, Tim Pawlenty — who recently stepped down as Mitt Romney’s campaign co-chair in order to pursue a career as a lobbyist for the banking industry – has announced that the best way to prevent further apocalyptic financial meltdowns  from occuring is to allow banks to “voluntarily” regulate themselves.  (Just as a quick reminder, The Daily Dolt is not a satire website. This is an actual thing that Tim Pawlenty actually said, out loud, to other human beings who were alive during the 2008 Wall Street crisis.)

Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota and unsuccessful presidential candidate, announced last week that he was stepping down as co-chairman of the Romney campaign in order to head the Financial Services Roundtable, a lobbying group that represents some of the largest financial services companies in the country. In his first press conference since announcing his new role, Pawlenty asked banks to “voluntarily” stop doing “stupid things”:

[Pawlenty] said he was asked while interviewing for the Roundtable job about how financial institutions can regain the public’s trust.

“I said, ‘Stop doing stupid things,'” Pawlenty said while sitting in the Roundtable’s Washington offices.

“These are large organizations with tens of thousands of employees in many cases. There is always going to be some individual doing something that’s off track. That’s human nature. But the obligation and the opportunity of the organizations is to put controls in place and a culture in place that minimizes the likelihood of that, but does it voluntarily.”

Pawlenty is not alone in his scorn for financial regulation. Mitt Romney has previously said he would “like to repeal [the] Dodd-Frank [law],” which was enacted to prevent another financial crisis like the one that occurred in 2008. “The extent of regulation in the banking industry has become extraordinarily burdensome following Dodd-Frank,” Romney told a roundtable of 18 businessmen last year at the ironically named restaurant, The Common Man.


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18 Responses to Former Romney Campaign Co-Chair Tim Pawlenty: Banks Should Just Be Trusted To “Voluntarily” Self-Regulate.

  1. Tracey


    Awww… but Tim: stupid things are really, really, REALLY profitable!!!

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      Which is exactly why they can't self-regulate. As Barney Frank once said, the incentive schemes are basically "heads i win, tails i break even."

  2. Jo Hargis


    What a dumba$$ to even say something that stupid. If Wall St. was going to self-regulate, they already would have. No, the people running Wall St. never have enough, billions and billions is never, ever enough.

  3. toosmarttovoteGOP


    They DO self-regulate, just like the Mexicans are "self-deporting". What a chump.

  4. Aaron


    The spin of the article is that Pawlenty thinks banks can be trusted to self-regular. However, the quote seems to be that self-regulating is the only way the banks are going to show that they aren't inherently evil machines that need to be tightly reigned in by government intervention. And he's right. If the banks are truly concerned about image, long term viability, and avoiding truly onerous government regulations being forced upon them, then self regulation (above and beyond regulations already imposed upon them) is necessary. Unlikely to happen, but necessary.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      I think you're right that part of his message is that banks would help their public image if they did more self-regulating, but he is also now lobbying to get rid of government regulation of banks.

  5. Scriptfoo


    So when banks win they keep the profit, but when they screw the pooch they run to the government and have the taxpayers cover the losses, then they wonder why we want oversight and regulation? past regulation wasn't put in place because politicians had nothing better to do. Self-regulation is a fallacy.

  6. pete


    Look up the glass-steagall act and its repeal

    Glass-steagall was a law that essentially said commercial banks that do business with ordinary citizens could not do investment banking or speculation as a company or with the funds of thier depositors, a wall between wall street and the generic checking/savings/loan banks.

    when they repealed that law, the banks took all the loans that the American people had, bundled them up into mortgage securities and crashed the banking system and was the primary cause of the economic collapse.

    Thats what self regulation won us

  7. James


    The Federal Reserve regulates itself;

    The police investigate and regulate themselves;

    The Pentagon regulates itself (Donald Rumsfeld – "Now where the heck did that 1.3 trillion dollars go?" – admission made the day before 9-11 and forgotten about since.)

    Barrack Obama (or whoever he is) investigates himself – no-one else can!

    Israel investigates itself;

    Tokyo Electric Power investigates itself …

    Why shouldn't the banks regulate themselves?

    I guess everything is OK and we can sleep well tonight.

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    a sector is, THEN the more it needs

    being regulated.

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    Have a nice day.


  9. Gene Herd


    Banks already self-regulate, but like Romney's tax returns, what they regulate is secret.

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