Progressives cannot afford to take the attitude that with Bill Daley as White House Chief of Staff, all is lost and we should just give up on trying to influence policy and politics in regards to economics and other issue areas.
Political leaders engaging in rhetoric with violent undertones and economic elites deciding they can pretty much ignore the law and run roughshod over anyone they want to is a formula for political violence and instability.
Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.
The majority of banks, including major brands like BofA and HSBC, are still, unbelievably, not engaging customers through social media because they are applying old-world advertising and marketing metrics to the medium.
A citizen movement is bubbling up through the barriers of special interest concrete in Washington that is not driven by tea party anti-government fervor, but by the hopes of regular folks who believe we can take our country back.