Washington has tied itself in knots trying to find a way to thwart "too big to fail" without cutting megabanks down to size. It can't be done. When something is too big, the solution is to make it smaller.
The revolving door between government regulators and the high-paying banks they supposedly regulate remains as fluid as ever. None of what Obama said today matters while our cops still work for the crooks.
Wall Street has long forgotten how to spell "ethical" or "good," and replaced it with "compliant" and "legal."
The time has come to explain to investment banks what their responsibility and accountability are.
The so-called "resolution" mechanism the Democrats are pushing to wind down any big bank that gets into trouble is a step in the right direction. But it won't work if two or more giant banks are simultaneously endangered.
Here's the danger: the centralization of risk and power is leading us right into another disaster. We need to get the banking oligopoly under control. But Jamie Dimon is fighting back tooth and nail. And that's why we must fight Jamie Dimon.
Now that the Dow is shooting past 11,000, Congress has the perfect excuse to pass a pathetic set of watered down financial reforms. Arguments between Democrats and Republicans are for political show. The bankers already have won.
Democrats won't succeed in getting public opinion behind their Wall Street reform if they let their opponents define the bill. So far, they've been doing an excellent job defining it themselves, for once.