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     I have never been more proud of being a Bank of America customer than I am today. I say this because today they announced that starting soon, they will be charging customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. You see, starting Oct. 1, a government regulation will be put in place that will cap the fees that banks can collect from merchants whenever customers swipe their debit cards. In layman's terms, it's going from "Super-duper high" to merely "Super high". Seeing as how their avarice would not let them get away with not making quite as much money as they did before, they came up with a pretty sweet way of having that not happen. 
     This is all well and good, but what I really want to congratulate them on is their ability to read the American public. They took a look down at the great, unwashed masses below and realized that these are people who clearly are really excited at the prospect of giving away even more money from their practically overflowing bank accounts to the exact people who helped lead them to near financial ruin. Everywhere you look you can see that the economy is booming, jobs are plentiful and everyone is just doing great. Obviously, giving away an extra $60 a year that would have just gone to pay for another one of those Brookstone automated foot massagers is a great idea. I mean, it's not like we all need a FOURTH one of those, right. 
     Well done, Bank of America. You are clearly a great cultural thermometer. Our nation's anger and distrust put in monetary form? That''s the mercury that fills you .
     Anyone have any other banks they like?