In my latest column, Banana Republicans 2013, I criticized rightist Republicans who again threaten to shut down the government over spending bills and then trigger a default during the coming debt-ceiling debate.
That column generated significant reader interest, and this sequel is equally noteworthy. A coming financial firestorm will involve banana republic bankers: bailed-out banks jacking up fees and interest rates as their holiday gift to taxpayers who paid for their bailout.
The "Today" show on Friday aired an excellent segment about the latest surge in bank fees. I just learned that my own bank, one of the largest banks in America that received some of the largest bailouts, is attacking its customers with new fees and Mafia-like interest rates. In my case — I kid you not — they go into effect Dec. 24, 2013, on Christmas Eve.