U.S. taxpayers bailed out AIG and its counterparties. Employees earned huge partial bonuses anyway, and no one went to jail. Now, five years later, AIG's new CEO, Robert Benmosche, is acting like a big smug guy who got away with something, because AIG did.
Rather than giving all of our kids an opportunity to succeed, expelling and criminalizing young people pulls the rug out from underneath them at childhood, steering them away from college or career, and redirecting them on the path of dropping out and prison.
Passing disclosure laws in Congress is hard and passing a Constitutional amendment is harder. But if we don't act, corporations and the wealthy will be happy to create the best government their money can buy.
Senators and other elected officials have joined the public outcry for cleaning up the waterway and restoring it to meet acceptable standards for public health and safety. But this is not just an icky sewer problem.
Elected officials must consider the awesome responsibility of the jobs they've been entrusted to do. Talk to victims, survivors, and law enforcement about the all too pervasive and underreported tragedy of gun violence. And then do something to halt it.
Let's keep our commitments by cleaning up the mess, passing sweeping ethics and political reforms and getting things done. We still have time to develop the better narrative before the November elections. But will we?
Congress is currently working on new reform legislation that will make quality health care available and affordable for all Americans. But we know the forces of the status quo will battle us every step of the way.