We should have seen it coming.
We have only ourselves to blame.
It was all there right in front of us to see.
A coiled, shaking, hissing rattlesnake couldn't have been more obvious.
One had only to look at the names of the companies and people that brought about our nation's second big depression and were in line to get bailouts to see that their intentions to cheat might as well have been tattooed on their foreheads.
Let's go down the line:
Merrill Lynch- as in 'Merrill Lynched us and left us hanging in the breeze'.
Goldman Sachs- like 'Goldman Sachs the US economy and takes off running with the money'.
AIG- 'American Insurance Gropers- a new type of molester'.
Bernie Madeoff- You guessed it- "Bernie Madeoff with the bucks when no one was looking'.
Citigroup- Citigrope should share the same jail cell with AIG.
PNC Financial Services- 'Penny and Nickel Cash back to the taxpayers Financial Services'.
Fifth Third Bancorp- The upper third of the economic population will gladly help take a fifth of the nations wealth to maintain themselves.
Then there are others that fool you with the ambiguity in their names:
Wintrust Financial Corp.- First 'Win the trust', then run when you go bust.
First Defiance Bank Corp.- First Defiance, then reliance on the government.
Peoples's Bankcorp- In name only.
Hopfed Bank Corp.- 'Hop on the Feds and the citizens will be bled'.
Unfortunately the list goes on and on.