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Weekly Audit: Financial Reform Makes Headway, Jobs And Social Security In Jeopardy

Posted Jun 15, 2010 @ 9:18 am by
Filed under: Economy     Bookmark and Share

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger

Image courtesy of Flickr user Jay_D, via Creative Commons LicenseTwo critical Wall Street reforms, once declared dead by U.S. megabanks, are suddenly close to Congressional approval. As the House and Senate iron out the differences between their financial overhauls, it now appears that lawmakers are finally willing to ban banks from gambling with taxpayer money by implementing a strong Volcker Rule, and to end taxpayer subsidies for risky derivatives operations.

These reforms will help stabilize the U.S. economy by clamping down on the naked speculation the drove financial markets off a cliff in 2008. But while lawmakers are finally waking up to the economic and political necessity of strong Wall Street reforms, conservatives have blocked key efforts to ease unemployment. President Barack Obama also appears ready to surrender to an assault on Social Security later this year. (more…)