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.
Andre Lopes Massa is currently an undergraduate student at George Mason University. He writes for his own personal website, The Historical Nerds, and is a columnist for the Nolan Chart.