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Gerard Scimeca, the co-founder and chairman of Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE), recently expressed concerns in an interview with Thinking Crypto about the increasing government intervention in various sectors. CASE, an organization committed to promoting free markets, innovation, and economic freedom, has actively advocated for consumer choices and economic prosperity. Scimeca highlighted how excessive regulations and government overreach could impede companies from serving their customers effectively.
Gary Gensler’s Leadership Under Scrutiny
The discussion turned to the approach of Gary Gensler, the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), particularly about the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology sectors. Scimeca criticized Gensler for a perceived lack of transparency, especially in handling issues like ESG regulations and the case against Ripple Labs. He reminisced about Gensler’s initial focus on transparency during his appointment by Obama to the Commodities and Futures Commission, contrasting it with his current demeanor.
Concerns Over Regulatory Clarity and Transparency
Scimeca accused Gensler of causing harm to companies and token holders due to a lack of clarity and transparency.
He said, “When he (Gary Gensler) got appointed by Obama to the Commodities and Futures Commission, his main focus was transparency, especially on derivatives, which were a real problem for the economy. And now he has become Mr. Tight Lips.”
Scimeca emphasized the necessity for the United States to maintain a leadership role in technology, especially in the burgeoning field of cryptocurrency.
He added, “He’s not only thumbing his nose at everyone; he can sit in front of a congressional committee, smile, and laugh. It doesn’t make much sense because, as you’ve discussed on your show, we don’t think he’s anti-crypto or anti-blockchain. We’re not sure who exactly he’s answering to, but he seems very satisfied to leave the industry in a kind of state of limbo.”