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Do you trust these men?

June 26, 2016
Banking CEO's Testify Before House On Use Of TARP Funds

WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 11: Executives from the financial institutions who received TARP funds, (L-R) Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon, The Bank of New York Mellon CEO Robert P. Kelly, Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis, State Street Corporation CEO and Chairman Ronald Logue, Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO John Mack, Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, Wells Fargo President and CEO John Stumpf testify before the House Financial Services Committee February 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on how financial institutions have spent funds received from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Seven years ago, these men testified before Congress about their role in causing a collapse of the world’s economy. Many people lost their jobs and their homes because of what they and the organizations they ran did. They ran some of the largest financial organizations in the world. Some of those organizations are even larger and more powerful today. Many of these men still hold the same positions in their organizations as they did then. None has gone to jail.

They run your country. They can put you out of work. They can destroy the country’s economy. Each one has been either caught at or was responsible for actions that have cost the nation and the nation’s taxpayers trillions of dollars and in some cases were illegal or borderline so. They each make more than 50 times the income of the President of the United States. Yet, you collectively cannot remove any one of them from their position of almost absolute power. Nor, can you use the traditional free market means of expressing dislike or disapproval by not buying their products. This is neither a democracy nor a free market system. They are the enemy.

As Abraham Lincoln said:

“The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.”

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