30 Issues: Too Big To Fail
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: A look at the current state of the financial sector, including big banks, borrowers and lenders and the housing market. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
Open Prep: Questions, Articles, and Links to Get You Started
- Is America too big to fail?
- Are lenders and borrowers treated differently post-housing bubble burst?
- Has Occupy Wall Street made a difference?
- Does Dodd-Frank do anything?
- Why didn't Obama nationalize the banks?
What are your key questions on this topic? Post them below and get the conversation going!
- Sheila Bair, former FDIC chairman and now author of Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street From Itself, discusses her role in the 2008 financial crisis and whether the banking sector encourages inequality.
- Paul Taylor, executive vice president at the Pew Polling Center, explains how income inequality has changed in recent years in the United States, and what the recession meant for the middle class in particular. He is one of the lead authors on a Pew series on the middle class and inequality.
Got a Follow Up?
Each Friday we'll be following up on one of that week's issues. Got a particular follow-up question from this conversation? Comment below or tweet us. Tweet to @brianlehrer