Back in February I noted the appointment of a European antitrust official to head the equivalent of the Federal Trade Commission in the African island nation of Mauritius. I said at the time, “Certainly people in the United States would not tolerate a foreign national running one of our government agencies.” I may have spoken too soon, given this announcement today from the FTC:
Dr. Alison Oldale will join the Federal Trade Commission as Deputy Director for Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics after serving as the Chief Economist for the United Kingdom’s Competition Commission.
“We look forward very much to benefitting from Alison’s abilities and experience, and her contribution to the diversity of perspectives here at the FTC,” said Joseph Farrell, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics.
Dr. Oldale joined the Competition Commission in 2009 from economics consulting firm LECG, where she was a director. She has more than 10 years of consulting experience, including three years based in Brussels, and she provided economic advice on a wide range of competition and regulatory issues. Dr. Oldale holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Did we lose a war? Or have we just run out of pro-antitrust economists in the USA? Not to sound like a conservative complaining about foreigners “stealing” American jobs, but there is absolutely no justification for a US government agency to hire an employee of a foreign government for a position of substantive authority over US citizens and businesses. The Bureau of Economics is the FTC’s clearinghouse for reviews of mergers and other interventionist policies. Most of the Bureau’s work is carefully shielded from public view. So on top of this institutional secrecy we now have a senior official whose loyalties are with a foreign government — one whose interests are not compatible with the alleged principles underlying the American constitutional system.
Certainly the British antitrust authorities are happy with this backdoor invasion of American sovereignty. David Saunders, head of the UK Competition Commission, said in a statement applauding Odale’s appointment, “Whilst we will be sorry to lose her services for a while, this secondment will bring longer-term benefits for us and further strengthen our relationship with the FTC.” Because that’s the FTC’s top priority — strengthening relations with their unelected, foreign counterparts — not upholding the US Constitution or protecting the rights of American citizens.
Dr. Oldale’s appointment is public confirmation that the FTC commissioners, led by Jon Leibowitz, are traitors. They have no regard for the lives and liberties of the American people; their only interest is at enriching themselves — and their foreign allies — at our expense.