The financial section of the newspaper is starting to read like the
script for a far-fetched crime movie. A group of villains hatch a plot
to steal trillions of dollars from unsuspecting Americans. They drive
the country into economic chaos, funnel money from families and small
businesses into their own pockets, then leave all of us to clean up
their mess. And not only do they get away with it, they pay themselves
billion dollar bonuses and throw lavish parties to celebrate their
But this isn't a movie, it's really happening. Wall
Street bankers have taken $17.8 trillion of our tax dollars through
bailouts and turned them into massive pay and bonuses for themselves.
Goldman Sachs alone is expected to pay more than $23 billion just in
bonuses this year; that's more than $43,000 a minute, every minute.
So, my question to you is: if you could get all the architects of this scam together in one place, what would you say to them?
up and decide, because they're
all getting together in Chicago this weekend -- and we're
headed there to meet them.
The big bank execs are gathering in
the Windy City for the American Bankers Association conference. It's a
four day celebration of wealth and opulence; some of the items on the
agenda include a roaring 1920s swing dancing
party, a luxurious riverboat cruise, and celebrity appearances from
Newt Gingrich and George Will. And it's all funded with our tax dollars.
the conference, thousands of taxpayers will be gathering to remind the
bankers that their scheme is not a victimless crime. People from more
than 20 states will be there; people who have had their homes
foreclosed, their jobs eliminated, and their live savings wiped away.
We're going to demand that bankers stop using our money to lobby against reforms that would prevent another financial crisis.
Sunday, we're literally putting the big banks on trial. The American
public will make the case against the Wall Street greed that caused the
economic collapse. On Monday, taxpayers will be holding demonstrations
at big banks throughout the city. And, on Tuesday, more than 5,000
taxpayers will march on the ABA conference, demanding that they stop
lobbying against financial reform with our tax dollars.
going to be the largest protest against big bank greed since the
financial crisis first hit. Will you join us? Let's show the Wall Street bankers that Chicago is the beginning of the end for their unchecked greed.
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