Remember the economy and that little thing we had not too long ago called…what was it…oh yeah, the financial crisis. While Congress and the White House spend “the next few weeks” mired in the never-ending saga of health care reform, there are some potential problems which could affect us a lot sooner than 2014. If legislators have some spare time they might want to give it a glance:
“Even as many Americans still struggle to recover from the country’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, another crisis – one that will be even worse than the current one – is looming, according to a new report from a group of leading economists, financiers, and former federal regulators.
…Without more stringent reforms, “another crisis – a bigger crisis that weakens both our financial sector and our larger economy – is more than predictable, it is inevitable,” Johnson says in the report, commissioned by the nonpartisan Roosevelt Institute.”
In the report, the panel, which includes Rob Johnson of the United Nations Commission of Experts on Finance and bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren, warns that financial regulatory reform measures proposed by the Obama administration and Congress must be beefed up to prevent banks from continuing to engage in high-risk investing that precipitated the near-collapse of the U.S. economy in 2008.
But in typical Congressional fashion, “beefing up” financial regulations and “stringent reforms” aren’t on the agenda:
“The proposal” [that would ban the banks receiving federally insured deposits from engaging in trading which benefits the banks and not their customers] “faces strong resistance in Congress, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for adding to the prolonged debate on overhauling financial regulations.”
The reason for Congress’ “little appetite” should come as no great surprise:
“Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley would probably be the Wall Street firms most affected by the ban, known informally as the Volcker Rule…”
Goldman most affected? We can’t have any of that. Chris Dodd needs a job starting in January.