Will Jamie see how self-defeating such an approach and attitude ultimately is? Will Wall Street move even lower in the opinion of the American people? Those are the questions confronting Jamie and Wall Street at this electoral cross roads.
There is finally, finally, finally some momentum starting to build toward accountability for the biggest banks. The results of the election will determine whether it continues to build or completely fades away.
Dodd-Frank is a lazy man's spray-gun approach at financial reform. There is simply a total lack of critical changes needed to fix the regulatory spinal cord of the financial markets -- and it's either the blind ignorance of systemic risk or an agenda as dark as you could imagine.
There is a new powerful voice who knows how big banks really work and who is willing to tell the truth in great and convincing detail. Jeff Connaughton has just published a page-turning memoir that is also a damning critique of how Wall Street operates.
Given the massive bailouts the industry scored in 2008-9, and how easy policy-makers have been on them, the arrogance and hubris of talking about Soviet style government is pretty amazing. But then that fits quite well with Romney and Ryan, too.
While the repeal of Glass-Steagall was certainly a part of making our system fragile to the point where it is at today, thinking that a simple solution like breaking up the banks will be the panacea that we seek is incredibly naïve.