This has been getting little attention, but it is very important.
On Monday the Senate Banking Committee passed the "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010" on a 13-10, party-line vote. The legislation, drafted by committee chairman Chris Dodd, gives the Federal Reserve power to regulate any large company in America. When considered alongside similar legislation that passed the House of Representatives in December, at least part of the intent of the bills' sponsors becomes clear. The current proposals for "financial" reform are stalking horses allowing government intervention into virtually every facet of the U.S. economy.
The list of companies that might find themselves subject to new Federal Reserve regulation is as deep as the U.S. economy itself.