Although both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have introduced bills and proposals about how best to proceed, we live in an era where money and politics take precedence and the question of doing what is "in the best interest of children" is far too often forgotten or ignored. That must end.
How can it be that when $1.6 billion of customer money goes missing from a commodities trading house -- and is only recovered years later, after farmers and businesses have been irreparably harmed -- no one is indicted? Mountains of evidence have been ignored.
Pre-election measurements strongly favor Gov. Christie's re-election despite that party ID favors his opponent in a state which has trended Democratic for 30 years, and which Christie won with less than 50 percent of the vote in 2009.
The long arm of the law has been the slow arm of the law in dealing with the collapse of MF Global, among other Wall Street firms that critics and the Occupy movement blamed for the economic meltdown in 2008.
When individuals are not held accountable for misdeeds, problems created from those misdeeds are associated with the underlying structure. And in this case, the underlying structure -- the regulated futures market -- has proven itself over the years.
During former Citigroup executive Jack Lew's recent confirmation as Treasury Secretary, some people were troubled to learn that the big bank had promised him special financial awards if he left to take a job in the government. But a review by POGO shows that Lew's deal with Citi was no anomaly.
Are American citizens really expected to feel guilty about not paying enough tax? When we see such incredible government waste, should we be eager to fork over more money to see it so much of it squandered?
As a society, we rarely celebrate simple competence and the ability to deliver. Instead, we demand superstars. This non-stop need to do better and better is what unifies Lehrer with Wall Street miscreants.
Christie jumped on each news story, using it as further evidence that the legislature couldn't be trusted with taxpayer's money. With no one trying to defend the indefensible, Christie's had an appreciative audience to himself.