We've written a number of times about the seemingly nonstop revelation of banking scandals coming to light recently, including HSBC's admission of laundering money for Mexican drug cartels and violating international banking sanctions. Additionally, we've pointed out the slap-on-the-wrist fines these banks have received. HSBC received a $1.9 billion fine for its wrongdoings, which sounds impressive until you find out its profits last year were close to $17 billion.
Although the story broke in early December, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert discussed HSBC's fine earlier this week with the Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi. One thing that has become clear is that not only are these mega-banks too-big-to-fail, but they also are too-big-to-prosecute. Apparently the only thing you need to do to avoid jail time for committing a crime is to make yourself an integral part of the way society functions.
We thought you might enjoy seeing what Colbert and Taibbi had to say on the subject, so the video is below. After you watch it, let us know what you think. Who ultimately should be held responsible for these scandals? What should be the appropriate punishment?