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Monday, November 09, 2009

MundiMuster! Sign Bernie Sanders' Petition: Too Big To Fail Is Too Big To Exist

Sign the Petition.

Petition to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

Too Big to Fail is Too Big to Exist

Financial institutions that are “too big to fail” played a major role in undermining the American economy and driving our country into a severe recession.

Financial institutions that are “too big to fail” put taxpayers on the hook for a $700 billion bailout and more than $2 trillion from the Federal Reserve in virtually zero interest loans.

Huge financial institutions have become so big that the four largest banks in America (JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup) now issue one out of every two mortgages; two out of three credit cards; and hold $4 out of every $10 in bank deposits in the country.

Just five banks in America (JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley) own a staggering 95% of the $290 trillion in derivatives held at commercial banks. Derivatives are risky side bets made by Wall Street gamblers that led to the $182 billion bailout of AIG, the $29 billion bailout that allowed JP Morgan Chase to acquire Bear Stearns, and the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

The concentration of ownership in the financial services industry has resulted in higher bank fees and interest rates that consumers are forced to pay for credit cards, mortgages and other financial products.

No single financial institution should be so large that its failure would cause catastrophic risk to millions of American jobs or to our nation’s economic well-being.

No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis.

We believe it is time to break up the banks and insurance companies which are too big to fail.

We believe that passage of The Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act is essential for a strong American economy and a secure future for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

We urge the immediate enactment of the Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act, which directs the treasury secretary to compile a list of those financial institutions that are too big to fail in the next 90 days, and to break up these banks and insurance companies a year after the legislation is signed into law.

Sign the Petition.

1 comment:

jimf said...

> Too Big to Fail is Too Big to Exist

Improbably charitable?

I'm reminded of a Phyllis Diller TV comedy from the 60's,
_The Pruitts of Southampton_.
The premise was that the Pruitts, a supposedly incredibly
wealthy family living on Long Island in the Hamptons,
were approached by the Internal Revenue Service about overdue
taxes. An audit revealed that the Pruitts were in fact broke;
rather than reveal this fact publicly and cause the
economic depression which would presumably result from this
revelation, an improbably charitable IRS allowed them to
continue living in their mansion and maintaining the pretensions
of great wealth, which was difficult given their reduced

The show had a very catchy intro, which is unfortunately
the only shred of it extant at the present time.

Love my dress, love my jewels, aren't they marvy-poo!

My parents hated Phyllis Diller with a passion, so unfortunately
I never got to see much of the show beyond the intro.