What's Under The Financial-Crisis Christmas Tree

Santa Claus

North Pole

Dear Santa,

I know it's been quite a while since I've written -- the last time was that year I found Dad in front of the fireplace holding the glass of milk I had left you, with crumbs from the Oreo cookies still stuck between his teeth. But with the miraculous rebound in stock prices and Wall Street profits since last year's financial crisis, I've become a believer again. So I've enclosed my 2009 Christmas wish list -- nothing for myself, of course, but a few things for others who have been more nice than naughty and may warrant some attention from you this holiday season: