Washington Post: Sen. Sherrod Brown explains why he wants to break up the big banks

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Washington Post: Sen. Sherrod Brown explains why he wants to break up the big banks

Attorney General Eric Holder said something in Senate testimony that many had thought, but had never heard admitted at a high government level. “I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them,” Holder said. Too big to fail, in other words, has become too big to jail. That’s got lawmakers talking about breaking up the banks again, if only to ensure that our basic laws can be reasonably enforced.

The financial industry is taking note. Hamilton Place Strategies released a white paper last month arguing against breaking up the largest banks, arguing that they provide a useful, important role in the global finance economy.

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