Sentences to ponder

On the new Dodd proposal, Steven Pearlstein writes:

There are so many political accommodations involving carve-outs and size limits and overlapping responsibilities that it creates exactly the kind of complexity, the opportunities for regulatory arbitrage and the lack of accountability that got us into this mess in the first place. It's worth remembering that many of the credit-default swaps that contributed to the recent crisis were originally devised by banks as a way around the old Depression-era law meant to keep banks out of the securities business, and by insurance companies looking to avoid insurance regulation.

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