A CU industry ICON reaches out to the Washington Post for more light on credit union regulatory agency’s disrespect for 100M American citizen-owners of credit unions
Many of us have long become accustomed to Chip Filson’s warnings related to NCUA excesses and lack of respect for process expectations or rules. He constantly lets us know that the current administration at the NCUA and ineffective board cares little about due process, transparency, or even the hint of propriety in the use of their power to just wipe out credit union owners’ capital and the future it represents. So when he published his most recent article on the NCUA’s spending $1.5B of member funds, many of us might have just sighed “there he goes again”, and way too many of us might have given up trying to connect the dots with all of the numbers, acronyms, and references to the NCUA’s shenanigans. It is news, but it is just expected news these days.
What was surprising to me was when I read this email from Chip to the Washington Post, because his indictment of the NCUA in his email was much easier to consume, to engage with, and to “feel” as an industry supporter. I have always been able to feel Chip’s passion for the system, and even his hopes that the NCUA would play up. But when I put this article, our industry apathy to the details, and this reach out to the real world together I knew things were changing. Keep going Chip, and keep pushing for people to pay attention.
For now is the time to push harder. With the recent announcement of Rodney Hood for another round at the NCUA as a board member, the recent push to fill the other empty seat, and the pending need to replace McWatters, there could be no bigger reason to try to get the attention of all of the people who might care about those 100 million citizens. Now is the time to push for a different type of leader on the board. Rodney Hood shows no signal, from his past or current activities, that he will change a thing for the better as a future board member. I predict that he will be recycling the agency’s disrespect for all of us with his passive, quiet demeanor of a bureaucrat without the skills to lead.
Now is the time to push the President to actually have a “project” for the NCUA Board. Something that calls for leaders. Now is the time for the administration to do more than dole out appointments as an afterthought. Now is the time for the administration to give the NCUA Board a job! Change the path of the CU industry by actually caring about the owners of credit unions as much as they care about the owners of for profit financial service models. Now is time to push for a new day.
I hate to see icons of the credit union industry (e.g. Chip) pushed to calling on the Washington Post, but now is the time to reach out and demand somebody shines a light on the need for a better NCUA Board with a real agenda. Tell Me Why I’m Wrong.