As we near the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, one of the major talking points will be the corruption of the big banks.
In recent years, populist lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders have begun asking questions that will no doubt make many of the big banksters uncomfortable, especially if those questions are broadcast before the American people in the upcoming 2016 Presidential debates.
Here are a couple of examples that are definitely worth watching.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Grills the Bank Regulators Over “Too Big For Jail”
Sen. Bernie Sanders Slams Ben Bernanke Over Bank Bailouts
The last thing the banksters want the American people thinking about is how to rein in the excessive size and power of the big banks.
In fact, the big banks are reportedly preparing early for the inevitable anti-Wall Street rhetoric.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
I’ll have plenty more to say on this topic as we get closer to the 2016 elections. But for now, consider just a handful of the high crimes recently committed by the big banks.
After being busted for engaging in a “a widespread effort to manipulate benchmark interest rates for financial gain,” Deutsche Bank pled guilty and was forced to pay a $2.5 billion fine and to fire certain employees who engaged in interest-rate rigging. No one went to jail.
In 2012, HSBC was busted by regulators for acting as a conduit for “drug kingpins and rogue nations.” Despite being found guilty of laundering money for known terrorists and international drug cartels, the bank settled for a $1.9 billion fine. No one went to jail.
Credit Suisse in May 2014 pled guilty to criminal charges that included subverting disclosure requirements, destroying bank records, and concealing transactions all in an effort to help wealthy Americans illegally evade taxes. The bank was slapped with a $2.6 billion fine. No one has gone to jail.
In November 2013, America’s largest bank JPMorgan Chase was hit with a $13 billion fine after admitting to knowingly bundling toxic mortgage loans and selling them off to unsuspecting investors. No jail time.
In July 2014, France’s biggest bank, BNP Paribas, agreed to an $8.8 billion settlement with U.S. regulators after they admitted to violating Western sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan by conducting business with those countries. Soon after the fine, the bank raised its stock dividend and no one went to jail.
This is just a small sampling of the known crimes committed by the big banks in recent years. No wonder they are worried about becoming a major focus of the 2016 election cycle.
With the massive growth of income inequality in America, they should be concerned.
When “too big too fail” also means “too big to jail”, the time for reform becomes obvious.
And when average Americans are sent to jail for life for growing plants in their backyard (cannabis) while big bank executives walk the streets after destroying the economy and laundering money for terrorists and international drug lords, you know the revolution is almost here.