It's the American Police State run amok. In Oak Park, Michigan a woman is facing three months in jail for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. Once, this would have been hailed as an act of patriotism. Now it is akin to prostitution or public drunkenness.
When I read that President Obama was threatening to veto any debt limit deal that wasn't sufficiently austere I couldn't help but think of the movie Blazing Saddles. You know the scene where Sheriff Bart holds a gun to his own head saying, "Hold it! Next man makes a move, the nigger gets it!" I'd like to think that the people negotiating this nation's economic future knew what they were doing. Unfortunately, I no longer believe in fairy tales.
While Oak Park wants to jail a woman for planting tomatoes, the Feds are promising to be more gentle on the bankers who defrauded millions of Americans. It seems the Feds are concerned that prosecuting the people who robbed innocent Americans of their homes would have a chilling effect on future criminal behavior by the nation's bankers.
In essence, we have to forgive John Dillinger because he's good for the Tommy gun industry.