You would think, as a matter of basic fairness, that if Congress gives hundreds of billions of dollars to banks, to bail them out from their own misdeeds, that it would also consider backtracking the 2005 bankruptcy reform law, so that American citizens harmed by the banks' misdeeds could get some relief. Did our congressional "leaders" do that? Nope. And that's probably because they know that they can't get campaign cash from people going through bankruptcy, but they can get it from the big banks. Indeed, the bank bailout money was a cash investment in their own political careers.
So, let's sum this up: People who engaged in crime & fraud got bailed out. People who were hurt by that crime & fraud are getting punished. That's like giving a reward to a person who robs a house, and then throwing the homeowners in jail. And that's what plutocracy does. It turns justice upside-down. White collar crooks and greedy sociopaths give millions to political candidates, who will then pervert justice once they're elected. This is why, for example, 22,000 wealthy Americans can engage in illegal tax evasion and the government agrees to keep their names secret (see "Big Credit Suisse’s Sweetheart Deal" and "SEC Goldman Lawyer Says Agency Too Timid on Wall Street Misdeeds"). And this is why, for example, right-wing politicians in Kansas--home of the Koch brothers--can lower tax rates for rich families, and raise tax rates on low-income families (see, e.g., "How Tea Party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin," where journalist/author Michael Hiltzik correctly reports that legislative "changes will cut the taxes of the wealthiest 1% of Kansans by 2.2% (but) The poorest 20% of Kansans will see their taxes rise by 1.3%.").
Billionaire investor Warren Buffet famously said, "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." And, unfortunately, as long as millions of Americans continue to vote for political candidates who are funded by the big banks, like George Bush, Mitt Romney, and Hillary Clinton, and as long as we have leaders who tread lightly around Corporate America, like President Obama, the rich class will continue to engage in war against us, and continue to win.
Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, we will decide that corporate greed, corruption, and crime is unacceptable, and opt instead for a new and stronger New Deal.