If you're not the paranoid sort, a U.S. District Judge offers four theories why banksters don't go to jail. The four theories, in a hurry: law enforcement has other priorities like counterterrorism and accounting fraud; smaller, easier cases build reputations more quickly and thus lure Congressional funding more effectively; our government's own actions enabling mortgage shenanigans makes it anxious to point the finger at others; and our government has long preferred going after corporations rather than people. None of these theories are necessarily incompatible with the banksters-buy-their-way-out theory.
Citizens for Tax Justice tackles a "study" done by a corporate front group. The "study" supports a "territorial" tax system, whereby profits putatively earned overseas never get taxed in the U.S. -- but won't tell us that most of these profits are actually earned in the U.S. and get sent "overseas" as part of a tax avoidance scheme. The study also tells us that ZOMG $22 BILLION ADDED TO GDP EVERY YEAR!!!! is a really big number, when it's actually not (it's only one-tenth of one percent of GDP) -- whereas the $50 billion in annual federal budget savings if we stop letting corporations defer "overseas" "earnings" actually is a big number (it's over five percent of the 2013 deficit). Math is our friend, and so is context.
ProPublica finds that fewer than 1,000 doctors and internists are inflating Medicare drug spending by prescribing brand-name drugs when they don't have to. Perhaps not coincidentally, "(m)any of these physicians also have accepted thousands of dollars in promotional or consulting fees from drug companies" -- nearly half, in fact. And part of the problem stems from a low-income subsidy that gives doctors no incentive to prescribe cheaper drugs. All of these problems could be fixed, though with all the whining Congress does about the cost of Medicare, they strangely don't seem up to it.
Finally, from the "meet the new boss/same as the old boss" file: David Sirota does the most thorough job I've seen explaining exactly how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn't some "new kind of Republican." Mr. Sirota describes Mr. Christie's support for NSA data-vacuuming, corporate welfare, and cutting taxes on the wealthy while cutting services for working families -- and tabulates Mr. Christie's many blows against the environment as well. And it's certainly better to tabulate these sins than buying his straight-talking act, or recalling too fondly that one time he defended a Muslim state judge.