There's a small part of me that leans...occasionally...to the conservative side of the spectrum. Actually, I will confess to having a bit of sympathy for the current rash of Tea Party attendees. Oh, not for the Beck the Brick followers who drool over every tear from Mr Crusty, but for the INTENT of the movement.
We've been told that there are certain institutions in this country that have simply become "Too Big To Fail." If that is TRULY the case, then - de facto - those companies OWN the United States. Those companies, be it Bank of America or some other institution, has this country well and truly by the short hairs
In his later years, the late comic George Carlin discoursed At Length about the real "owners" of this country. His contention is/was that there are a very small handful of people and corporations that truly OWN this country and they simply ALLOW the rest of us to continue such charades as voting to help us believe that we have power...when we have none at all.
If that is true, if there really are institutions like Bank of America, and JPMorgan/Chase, that have become "too big to fail", then it's time to break them up. Have we forgotten Ma Bell? What the anti-trust laws for if not to prevent ownership of a democracy by private industry? This was a PRIMARY fear of our founding fathers, that eventually businesses would become so large that they would trump the vote of the Average Man.
It's time to break those companies that "are too large to fail" into smaller institutions that CAN fail without taking democracy with them.