The Republicans have been blocking debate on financial reform! We can only wonder why. In a story today, the financial industry was described has having been knocked to its knees in 2008.

We don’t know how bad things were in 2008 and honest historians might not learn the facts for 30 – 40 years. Until those years pass and objective outside researchers get access to all the documents, we can only guess at the inner workings and the identity of the ‘Man behind the Curtains.’

For now, the financial industry, once ‘knocked to its knees,’ is taking a standing 8 count.

But consumers are equally battered. It’s not a time to stall in Congress over partisan politics or cater to the traditional GOP base.

Throw the debate into the public arena.