While students in London spend hours in the cold protesting tuition fees, RBS, a bank that took a huge government bailout, throws a party commemorating Harry Potter. It'd be funny except it's exactly what just happened.
If Friday's filing of a lawsuit for fraud by the SEC against Goldman Sachs left the Wall Street banks feeling a little uneasy, they can always take comfort knowing that they have a rock solid champion and protector in John Boehner.
There is no question that the concentrated corporate power of Wall Street is working to weaken the already disappointing financial reform bill. There is only one antidote to their power and that is our power.
It turns out, toddlers who tell lies do better as adults. Whether this is surprising news about child development, or a sad statement about the kind of society we live in depends on how you define "better."
There is no more real "left" or "right", or Democrats and Republicans. What we have now is the rise of the Bankster Party -- a group of politicians with shifting alliances that follow the special interests who fund them.
What the president should have done, in addition to calling for tough financial reform, was to call for a special task force armed with thousands of investigators to look into crimes committed by the big banks.
It's a new year, and some, erroneously believe a new decade. What's not new is the stranglehold the banks have on our economy, quietly stashing billions for bonuses while still restricting the flow of credit.