We don't doubt there are a lot of members of Congress who operate the same way, but how many are willing to be so blunt about it? Surely, most would be too embarrassed, or at least cautious, to state it so matter-of-factly. Not the guy in charge of the nation's consumer financial services watchdog. No, sir. The notion that government works for the highest bidder is so routine to Mr. Mulvaney that he felt no obligation to hem or haw, look at the floor or clear his throat, not even a little bit.