Bill Bunkley

We have major decisions facing us and it’s time to get real. America’s frustration has been building and now the country is downright disgusted. What has Wall Street done to Main Street? Unfortunately, we are just now coming to grips with just how greedy and inept the so-called leadership of our entire financial superstructure really is.

Many of our leaders have been beseeching us not to consider who is to blame—at least not yet. I’m not buying it. The more we learn about the credit collapse the more I don’t want any of these profiteering perpetrators anywhere around those who are entrusted with finding the best free market solution to get this country back on solid economic footing. We also need to keep a close eye on the friends and associates of those who were responsible for almost shutting down our entire economic system while not forgetting the regulators who were asleep at the wheel while perpetrators robbed us blind. Excessive financial good ol’ boy inbreeding is all around this crisis. It would be very unwise and wrong for us not to look at those who were responsible and be sure they will not use their influence to dig us in deeper to cover their sins.

While identifying the people responsible for this debacle, intellectual people must not let this become a gotcha Democrat or Republican presidential talking point. Nor is it solely a Wall Street, Congressional or executive branch failure of leadership. There is adequate blame to go around. But the fact is our entire Washington and Wall Street leadership trust is in question. And it should be. We needed focused and proper regulation. We got neither. Now we need to take care to avoid the predicable knee-jerk overregulation and unnecessary oversight that will be proposed by liberals in the majority.

I am tired of seeing the same Congressional Banking and Finance committee members who have spent decades in credit market oversight strutting before the cameras and shamelessly waxing eloquent over having the big government cure all. I didn’t buy it and neither did many in the House.

Conservative House members may have either saved us from a rushed big government decision that may never return the $700 billion dollars back to the taxpayers. Or they may just have just given a blank check to Nancy Pelosi to load up a new bill with untold left-wing goodies so that all 95 Democrats who didn’t sign on the first installment will now have proper incentive to board the gravy train. Maybe ACORN will get their $20 billion after all. Unfortunately, that’s the way Washington works. The Democrats seem to have no inclination to change the process.

Bill Bunkley

Bill Bunkley is host of “Drive Time with Bill Bunkley” heard throughout West Central Florida weekday afternoons from 4-6 eastern on AM 570 & 910 WTBN Tampa Bay with live streaming at Bill is active in the state’s issues in Tallahassee and is President of the Florida Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Inc. Contact Bill at