We all remember the 1980s and its awesome fashion and music. While some may want to revisit those aspects of the past, I don't think anyone wants to return to the era of the cable and Ma Bell monopolies.
While Occupy protesters have been criticized for failing to propose many real solutions, one thing they have proposed is that consumers "vote with their feet" by moving money out of the larger financial institutions.
You are a citizen consumer. You participate in the economy every day with your purchases. And you most certainly have a voice. Companies are starting to fear you, and even more importantly, they are starting to take you more fully into account.
As expected, last week Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nomination of Rich Cordray to lead the new CFPB. They continue to hold the agency hostage, taking the unprecedented step of blocking its leadership unless the agency is first weakened.
The American people have gone too long without someone in the federal government looking out for them instead of the big banks. And House Republicans do not actually have the power to block a recess appointment indefinitely.