Despite the high intrigue of Washington politics and the grass roots displeasure across the nation, it remained business as usual for the big four banks as far as Main Street's deposits were concerned.
Ordinarily, I don't care how much members of the brass make. Success is a beautiful thing, right? But with this round of Wall St. bonuses, the companies would not be standing without taxpayer-funded rescues.
Big banks have constricted lending, making small banks the key to restoring the flow of credit. But their capacity to do so during a recession hinges on whether the Senate reauthorizes a key loan-guarantee program.
The heads of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America came to testify and said... just about nothing. Yes, they made mistakes. But gee, they had learned a great deal and they certainly didn't cause the crash.