Shall We Focus on Saule Omarova’s Actual Plans?
I can’t speak about whether Biden nominee Saule Omarova would be a good banking regulator, or about just what she believes is the right banking policy. But I’m pretty sure the following are all irrelevant to the nomination:
[1.] That, at age 28, in 1995, she was arrested for shoplifting and admitted to stealing the items. Obviously bad behavior, and I’m not one to pooh-pooh shoplifting; but while it is a significant crime, it is still rightly seen as a comparatively minor crime. And at 26 years’ remove, it seems a minor matter indeed, which I find hard to see as relevant to her qualities today.
[2.] That her ideas are supposedly shaped by her upbringing in the Soviet Union. Sen. Patrick Toomey opined that she “‘clearly has an aversion to anything like free-market capitalism,’ … citing examples of her academic work” (of course a perfectly legitimate criticism, if it fairly captures her work), and added, “You could ask yourself, ‘Where would a person even come up with these ideas?’ Well, maybe a contributing fact
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