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.
Ken Klippenstein is a freelance journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin, US. He can be reached via Twitter @kenklippenstein or email: email@example.com.