President Obama: It's Time to Nationalize Insolvent Banks

President Obama: It's Time to Nationalize Insolvent Banks

by
Craig Brown

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"
CommonDreams.org 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: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/petitions/75 And, please join the new CommonDreams.org Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CommonDreamsorg/32109457015
  2. If you are not a Facebook member, you may add your name to our petition here

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to President Barack Obama.

A free and independent press is essential to the health of a functioning democracy

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

Craig Brown
for the whole CommonDreams.org team

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

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BACKGROUND

Nouriel Roubini: Nationalize Insolvent Banks 2/12/2009

Dean 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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