03/27/2012 08:39 am ET Updated May 27, 2012

Joe Nocera: CFPB Harnessing Passion Of Young People To Help Consumers

I met up recently with my old mentor, Charlie Peters, the founder, editor and driving force behind The Washington Monthly, where I worked in the late-1970s. Charlie is a supreme idealist who believes deeply in the good that government can do. He saw it growing up with Roosevelt's New Deal and then again as a member of Sargent Shriver's Peace Corps, where he served as the agency's first director of evaluation.