While the financial industry got a stocking stuffer, we got stiffed.
House Democrats passed something they called reform and handed it over to the Senate.
But the bill is laden with loopholes, put there by Blue Dogs and New Democrats doing the bidding of the financial institutions.
Democratic leaders, from President Obama to Rep. Barney Frank have demonstrated that they are at best ineffectual in spearheading efforts to win real reform that puts consumers and taxpayers’ interests first. At worst, they're undermining those efforts.
The resilience shown by the financial industry in blunting efforts at sensible regulation has been nothing short of breathtaking.
Despite these setbacks, the battle may not be lost.