Wall Street, in a surprising move today, declared itself a seperate governing republic and detached itself from the US.
Always considered a bulwark of staunch capitalism, recent economic downturns and the bailout have changed the economic thinking of many of it's leaders. Upon succession, Wall St. immediately renamed itself "The Socialist Republic of Wall St.". Hugo Chavez sent them a telegram applauding their decision.
Critics of this development suggest that having achieved independence Wall St. would not have to return the $700 billion they've received. Others muse that Wall St. would stand to receive billions more in foreign aid.
A strong consensus say that they simply think they are better than everyone else and want to separate themselves further from 'the little people', making themselves in essence a giant gated community.
Southerners have been up in arms demanding to know why Wall St. could leave the Union and they couldn't and threatening to start the Civil War over again.
Upon declaration of their independence, Wall St, immediately began building a wall around themselves using cheap, illegal labor and putting in machine gun placements. The irony that this added to their name was not lost on columnists.