If the biggest U.S. banks aren’t broken up, taxpayers will be on the hook once again for a giant Wall Street bailout—and that’s the dire prediction of the Dallas Federal Reserve, “one of the most conservative of the Fed’s regional banks,” says Robert Reich in a recent blog post.
Reich (left), author of “Aftershock”, a UC Berkeley public policy professor and former U.S. secretary of labor under President Clinton, credits the Dallas Fed with warning that a cartel of giant banks continues to pose a threat to the economy’s wobbly recovery.
“Taxpayers will be on the hook for another giant Wall Street bailout, and the economy won’t be mended, unless the nation’s biggest banks are broken up,” wrote Reich on March in his blog post, “Break Up the Big Banks, Says the Dallas Fed,” on Huffington Post. “That’s not just me talking, or the Occupier movement, or that wayward executive who resigned from Goldman Sachs a few weeks ago. It’s the conclusion of the Dallas Federal Reserve.”
The best hope for the U.S. economy is “breaking up the nation’s biggest banks into smaller units,” says the Dallas Fed in its recently released annual report, “Choosing the Road to Prosperity: Why We Must End Too Big to Fail — Now.”