Take Back the Economy

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

It’s still not too late to take our economy back, but we can’t depend on Obama to do it, we’re going to have to take it back ourselves.  Starting on March 19th.

The Village Voice:

Credit derivatives are breaking and will continue to break the world’s financial system and cause an unending crisis of liquidity and gummed-up credit.  Warren Buffett branded derivatives “financial weapons of mass destruction.”  Felix Rohatyn, the investment banker who organized the bailout of New York a generation ago, called them “financial hydrogen bombs.”

Corporate elites have been waging class warfare against us for decades.  They’ve riddled us with Bankruptcy Bill bullets, napalmed us with NAFTA, massacred our labor unions, turned our healthcare system into the Bataan Death March, and now they’re dropping financial hydrogen bombs on us.  

According to The Village Voice, one of their deadliest and most lethal weapons has been the AIG Financial Products office in London, where a large proportion of those radioactive credit derivatives were written.

AIG had placed this unit outside American borders, which meant that it would not have to abide by American insurance reserve requirements. The president of AIGFP, a tyrannical super-salesman named Joseph Cassano, was an executive at Drexel Burnham Lambert, the now-defunct brokerage that became the pivot of the junk-bond scandal that led to the jailing of Michael Milken, David Levine, and Ivan Boesky.

During the peak years of derivatives trading, the 400 or so employees of the London unit reportedly averaged earnings in excess of a million dollars a year. They sold “protection”-this Runyonesque term was favored-worth more than three times the value of parent company AIG.

Those talented people are demanding the bonuses they’ve earned for that bang up job they’ve done hydrogen bombing everything in sight into radioactive rubble.  As Emptywheel warns, if we don’t give them their bonuses, they’ve threatened to trigger a default event that will cost the US government hundreds of billions of dollars.  

Our friend Tim at the Treasury Department has an explanation . . .    

I’d ask you to watch him in action, but if you’ve seen one Geithner Gone Wild video, you’ve seen them all.    

As The Village Voice notes, this was bad enough . . .  

Investment banks gathered bundled mortgage loans into batches and turned them into securities called collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). Many included high-risk loans. These securities were then rated by Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, or Moody’s Investors Services, who were paid at premium rates and gave investment grades. This was like putting lipstick on pigs with the plague.

American taxpayers have been forced to buy those pigs.  For a trillion dollars.  We are the proud owners of a trillion dollars worth of pigs with the plague.  As we’re discovering, Tim’s Blue Light Special on pigs with the plague was only the first of many exciting bargain shopping opportunities being planned for us by Tim and his friends at 401K-Mart’s newest store . . .

Wall Street Pictures, Images and Photos  

CNBC, FOX, and the guy who mows Tim’s lawn have all assured us that even though those big bank bastards have committed fraud and theft on a massive scale, there’s nothing we can do but pay everyone off or they’ll use their knowledge to steal even more money.  So all we can do is keep writing checks, pay off the blackmailers, and hope that if we let them continue to get rich, they won’t hydrogen bomb us all into oblivion.  

Some Americans have decided that it’s time for all of this hydrogen bombing to come to a screeching halt, and are planning Nationwide Protests.  Unions like the Service Employees International Union and political advocacy groups like MoveOn.org are calling for a day of nationwide protests.

On March 19th, Americans are being asked to demonstrate in front of major banks.

Take Back the Economy has a list of the protests being planned so far in 104 cities in 32 states, along with sign up info and related material.

Help take our economy back.

Stand up and fight back on March 19th.



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  1. The revolution starts now,

    When you rise above your fear,

    And tear the walls around you down,

    The revolution starts here.

    I saw it written ‘cross the sky

    The revolution starts now.

                                       Steve Earle

    • Edger on March 18, 2009 at 17:56

    We could also do with mass boycotts of every industry that is killing the society and the planet, and drop our own hydrogen bomb on them. Break them financially till they smarten up. I’m tired of these people crapping all over the world and poisoning my back yard and the air I breathe.

    • Alma on March 18, 2009 at 21:12

    and that the media covers it.

    And here we thought it might be a little easier on us with dems in control.  Almost seems like we have more work to do now, than we did then.

  2. Energy re-allocation away from the US ensures global elites a new lease life and their obscene profit margins over time.

  3. As much time as you’re spending over the keyboard, they should be nubs by now. Here’s a big “hear here” for another great posting. As Edgar said up above you are on a great roll, keep the juices flowing!!  

  4. in the Financial Markets, and until and unless Congress: 1. Listens to the FBI’s & the UK’s warnings about the scope and impact (“Billions of Dollars a Year) on the markets.  2. Takes an all encompassing, united approach on getting the criminals out of the Corporations, out of Wall St. trading and behind bars–IMHO, the rest of the actions they take will only result in handing more money over to the same crooks that robbed us and are still holding us up for more money.


  5. the fixing of a system that by it’s very nature only offers more of the same? Why not face reality and say this is fucked it’s very premise is fucked and I don’t want it fixed, I want it gone daddy gone. It lost as I knew it would as it it based on BUBBLES, bubbles of greed, bubbles of power for profit that does not exist and bubbles of fear. Forget it! Invest in your community, your world, the real one that works and strives to survive while these fuckers bet against us and Obama calls this greed the American Dream. Doesn’t even work for the greedy unless your the 1% that is connected. Even the gamblers who seek a killing, small potatoes are gobbled up. Common good an economy that strives to as they pigs say ‘Lift all boats’ forget it even iof they fix this were screwed. After all all our gains are called ‘entitlements’ if only.    

  6. unleach a anarchist, unhinged rant Rusty. I actually will protest just as I did for the other Crisis the freakin’ cappie corporatist war. I feel strongly that all these crisis’s are cooked up and dumped like bombs on the worlds people. I will go if only to undermine the prevalent thinking that populism is somehow dangerous and that these entities that hold us hostage are even necessary or the American way. Not an economist think they are like art theorists full of crap.

    An economy a real one that people actually function under is a system grounded in exchange of energy, of being able to live by working and contributing to your community your world. I guess I’m a socialist rotten commie bastard as I think this whole capitalistic to big to fall system that is globall and pumped up by our tax money is basically criminal and evil. So part of me roots for it’s crushing demise and part want’s it to reform and return to the best of both worlds. Where work is a way to make money to live to exchange with fellow workers not a get rich scheme that says those who are not players are losers. Whether it falls or lives I want it’s basic premise altered. I will participate as I did with the war, the same deal , another freakin brokered deal in inhumanity.    

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