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If by 'Valentine's Day smoochies' for FDIC, you mean this not innocuous question, raised at the Senate Banking Committee Hearing:
"When was the last time you took a Wall Street bank to trial?"
Over, and over again.
Tom Curry, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:
"When did you last take... a Wall Street institution to trial?"
CURRY: ...We do not have to bring people to trial...
WARREN: I appreciate that you say you don't have to bring them to trial. My question is, when did you bring them to trial?
CURRY: We have not had to do it as a practical matter to achieve our supervisory goals.
WARREN: ...Ms. Walter?
"Can you identify when you last took the Wall Street Banks to trail?"
The Treasury, FDIC, SEC, and a laundry list of regulatory agencies were just used to mop to floor by Senator Warren.
She quite surprisingly points out that every day, US Attorneys are prosecuting ordinary citizens for relatively minor-impact crimes, and that there is a disparity between the justice system they experience and the one upon which Wall Street depends.
Yesterday, Warren was aggressive but not discourteous, mimetic in a senate all too often removed from the world we live in, yet not overly sententious in her role as a committee member. She demonstrated an example for Senate Democrats in the future, and why electing more and better Democrats still matters.
Originally posted to Nulwee on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:21 AM PST.