FROM David Hirschmann
Is It Time to Bust the Trusts Again? In a major shift from his days as head of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan said last week that America's major financial institutions are "too big to fail." He said that means they're too big and ought to be broken up. But even new regulations to limit excessive risk and protect consumer finance may be in trouble on Capitol Hill.
Is It Time to Bust the Trusts Again? In a major shift from his days as head of the Federal Reserve, even Alan Greenspan said last week that it's time to break up those banks and brokerages that are "too big to fail." The financial giants are handing out billions in bonuses again, and they've spent $224 million lobbying against efforts to regulate excessive risk. But their critics insist they're the ones who brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse. Ninety-nine smaller banks have failed during this year alone. Citibank and Bank of America aren't doing so well. If the financial system isn't repaired, will it be taxpayer-bailout time all over again?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.