A pattern seems to be developing for NCUA Board members, at least those representing the Democratic Party. As the year winds down, they are unceremoniously fired by the President of the United States after refusing to resign their NCUA position as requested.

First it was former NCUA Chairman Norm D'Amours, a Democrat, who was given the ax (a fact he denied) in late 2000, long after his six-year term had officially expired. No tears were shed.

Then, as 2001 was about to become history, long-time board member and short-time Chairman, Yolanda Wheat was given her walking papers. It is doubtful that many credit union tears were shed for Wheat either, especially considering her performance at what turned out to be her final NCUA Board meeting.

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