Profits are up, but strapped borrowers still worry the giants of finance
The party last week at Georgia Governor George Busbee's mansion in Atlanta befitted the wealth and financial power of the guests. Strolling under tall oaks on the sloping lawn, hundreds of gray-and blue-suited bankers sipped wine and Jack Daniel's whisky and picked away at whole pigs barbecued over beds of charcoal, bins full of breaded
chicken breasts and mounds of
black lumpfish caviar, smoked trout, salmon and shrimp. Crooning in the background were the Augusta Singers, a group of black balladiers. The...