Senator Kaufman Was Right - Our Financial System Has Become Dangerous

05/13/2010 07:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Simon Johnson The Baseline Scenario

Senator Ted Kaufman (D, DE) is best known these days for arguing that, as part of comprehensive financial reform efforts, our biggest banks need to be made smaller. His advocacy on this issue helped build support around the country and forced a Senate floor vote on the Brown-Kaufman amendment, which was defeated 33-61 last Thursday.

Senator Kaufman has also pushed strongly the idea that in recent years there was a pervasive "arc of fraud" within the mortgage-securitization-derivatives complex. This thesis also seems to be gaining traction - according to the WSJ today, the criminal probe into this part of the financial sector continues to develop.

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