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What does breaking up the banks do? While I am not opposed - I don't see how it really helps. A big part of the subprime mortgage crisis was due to the bad credit rating agencies. And Having lots of small banks won't stop them from behaving in lock step when can make money.

As for the republican congress - he could try compromising. Bill Clinton got bills passed. Of course, there is no chance he will be anywhere close to the White House.

If you believe in the concept of to-big-to-fail banks those take the whole economy with them if they fail. That means that the government has to bail them out if they might fail. It also means that if they do criminal actions like laundering billions of drug money the government can't effectively punish the organisation because it's also to-big-to-persecute.

That means that those organisations are incentived to take risks that earn huge returns at the cost of getting bailed out. It means that the companies also are going to make money with criminal activity as the government doesn't punish them enough to detere that.

In the saving&loans crisis hundreds of bankers did go to prison for misdeeds they committed. This last crisis played out differently, largely because the big banks have enough power to prevent the government going after them.
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