The United States' financial system is broken for all but a few at the top -- that much is plain. But given the complexity and size of Big Finance, it's hard to pin down why.
"You name it, we are buying it," says NYPD Chief Bill Bratton as city purchases $7.5 million in military-style gear.
Lisa Gilbert is the Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. She blogs at www.citizenvox.org and you can follow her on Twitter @Lisa_PubCitizen.