Everyone acknowledges that it was the sub-prime mortgage lending and he government's FORCING banks to take crappy loans that brought the financial crisis.
Your statement "Another source of federal shortfalls - the Great Recession, which obliterated millions of tax-producing jobs and increased the need for public assistance - was a product of big-money influence, as well. In the name of ever-higher profits, banks and their wealthy investors succeeded in dismantling regulations that had barred reckless gambling and safeguarded our economy against financial panic for 70 years. Once those safeguards were gone, the economy inevitably crashed." is mostly wrng!.
See this timeline and GET THE TRUTH!