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Michael, Exactly. EVERY time regulations are eased or relaxed Wall Street comes in an steals us blind. The last couple decades have been the undoing of the protections put in after 1929.

Nader has a GOOD handle on this. As you imply, Nader specifically favors having derivatives audited in the same GAAP manner as other instruments. $500 trillion of these are "traded" per year and few buyers know what they are "worth", that's why the term "illiquid is used so much. Translation: a pawnbroker wouldn't give two cents on the dollar for them.

The new joke should be "the check is in the mail, government is your enemy and deregulation and leaving it to "the market" is the cure for all ills" What has been stolen and lost in the last 8 years is beyond imagination and can never be recovered.

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"Is Ameri'k'a in decline?" Depends. To quote Dylan from the Sixties, "Those who aren't busy being born are busy dieing". Now, that, was a time when the Nation was truly dieing. Yet, somehow we managed to survive. Or how about the Civil War? Now, there was a time, when the existence of the Nation was up for grabs. Yet, somehow we managed to survive. Or how about the Great Depression? Now there was an economic failure and collapse. Yet, somehow we managed to survive.

Through out our history, limited as it may be, The Nation has been in decline in one way or another. What has been our salvation is a peculiar American genius for recognizing what the real problems are and working to correct them in a rational, and clear headed fashion. Regardless of ideology and other forms of "Group Think". Perhaps the powerful tool of survival and regeneration is the ability to come up with practical pragmatic solutions to the problems at hand.

As T.Paine so aptly put it, "These are the times that try men's souls, the summertime soldier and fair weather patriot ...", or as A.Lincoln put it, "We must learn to think anew and act anew ...", or as B.Dylan put it, "Those who aren't busy being born are busy dieing ...".

If we lose that, we are in decline.

David Merchant

I'm not sure if America is in decline or not. I hope it is not, but blind hope defeats itself. We need the pessimists to keep us aware.

Where I get pessimistic is when I read 1) that the citizens of over two dozen countries live longer, healthier, lives that Americans; 2) that we have more of our population in prison than any other country (including China, where we have more in both percentages and actual numbers); 3) gun violence (Switzerland is basically an armed camp, with soldiers allowed to bring their weapons and ammunition home with them yet has less gun violence than we do, so there's something else wrong besides the number of weapons), and 4) the disparity between the rich and the poor increases and the middle class is disappearing (an alarming trend).

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