"But there is a sort of 'Ok guys, you're mad, but how are you going to stop me' mentality at the top."
This will not end well.
And a preview of Matt Taibbi and Bill Moyers discussing Why We Can't Let the Banks Off the Hook.
Ignoring such pervasive white collar crimes, which are still ongoing by the way, creates a climate of extreme moral hazard, festering corruption, and teaches felony by example.
I think they give Obama, the regulators, and the Congress far to much credit in ignoring these crimes 'for the good of the system.' It is all about careerism, the credibility trap, and going along to get along.
They cannot reform the system because they are the system, and the political and financial elite are doing just fine with the system the way that it is, thank you very much. They do not want things to change.