Gretchen Morgenson isn't a household name, and probably never will be. But on Wall Street, everybody knows her.
Who I'm really talking about are people whose lives are based on the pursuit of profit by any means possible - and who fight creating a moral and democratic basis for that wealth.
Corporate executives have extracted record profits by sabotaging the recovery on every front - eliminating employees, repressing wages, withholding investment and shirking federal taxes.
Have you ever walked into a neighborhood restaurant, with only your debit card in hand, ready to order lunch for $7.95, but are stopped by the handwritten sign next to the cash register: credit cards, $15 minimum.
The focus on "fiscal responsibility" conceals the real causes of the crisis, and if we don't address those we don't have a snowball's chance in hell of lifting workers out of the quicksand.
Key senators are reported close to a deal on legislation to overhaul financial regulations.
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday unveiled its long-expected reshaped financial rescue plan.