Sunday, February 22, 2009

Common Dream: "Petitioning Obama for Bank Nationalizations"

February 20, 2009

Dear CommonDreamer,

When Congress passed the George W. Bush $700 billion bank bailout plan, the goal was to rescue our banking system by propping up the banks that deregulation had allowed to become 'too big to fail.' We now know that the bailed out banks didn't use our money to start lending more - rather they paid out big bonuses to executives and bailed out the banks' shareholders. In return for our money the American people got nothing.

We, the people, became majority owners in many of the major banks. But we have no voice in the way the banks are run. If taxpayers are footing the bill for rescuing the banks, why shouldn't we get ownership, at least until private buyers can be found?

Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman calls this a "a classic exercise in 'lemon socialism': taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right."

Now the Obama economic team is proposing more of the Bush policy: the socialization of risk, the privatization of profits.

President Franklin Roosevelt once told a group of activists lobbying him, "I agree with everything you said. Now go out and make me do it."

As part of our effort to help President Obama "do the right thing" has just launched a petition to President Obama urging him to nationalize the insolvent banks.

We know that President Obama is hearing from Wall Street. We know that he is hearing from the financial 'wizards' and the lobbyists who helped wreck our economy in the first place. And we know that he's hearing from the inside-the-beltway Democrats who are terrified of the "N" word - nationalize.

It's our job to make sure he hears from the rest of us.

There are two ways for you to sign our petition:

  1. If you are a member of Facebook, please sign here: And, please join the new Facebook page here:
  2. If you are not a Facebook member, you may add your name to our petition here

A compiled petition will be presented to President Barack Obama.

Thanks for joining with us and for showing grassroots support for the bold, creative change Americans voted for.

Craig Brown
for the whole team

p.s. Please forward this to your friends and family. Together, we can make a difference.



Nouriel Roubini: Nationalize Insolvent Banks 2/12/2009

Sean Baker: The TARP Dog and Pony Show 2/12/2009

Naomi Klein: We've Got to Make Obama Do It! 2/6/2009

Nationalized Banks Are 'Only Answer,' Economist Stiglitz Says 2/6/2009

US Must 'Save Capitalism' From the Banks: Nassim Taleb 2/4/2009

Jane Hamsher: Obama Financial Team to Taxpayers: You'll Get Nothing, and Like It 2/3/2009

Paul Krugman: Bailouts for Bunglers 2/2/2009

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