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Shame on The Oklahoman



Leave it to the blathering puppet of billionaires to confuse a protest against the wealth and job-destroying bank robbers of Wall Street with the wealth and job-creating genius Steve Jobs.

People should be mad. Thanks to The Man on Wall Street, this country lost $17.5 trillion in wealth from 2008-9, more than the bottom 90 percent of Americans own (the lower middle class lost 70 percent of their wealth and the top 1 percent 27 percent).

The 261 millionaires in Congress, however, made out like bandits, with an astonishing 16 percent increase in wealth from 2008-09.

The parent of this catastrophe was the 2000 law concocted by Clinton’s Wall Street cronies (gleefully passed by Republicans) that allowed investment banks to sell bundled home mortgages. These securities were then sold to investors as Triple-A investments, but the banks secretly bet they would fall in value, and took out “insurance” if they did (credit default swaps). Sen.

Tom Coburn reportedly said the banks “embraced known conflicts of interest to accomplish wealth for themselves.”

when the investments tanked, taxpayers forked over $180 billion to AIG
(American International Group Inc.) to fully fund the default swaps,
including $12.9 billion to Goldman Sachs that they used to help pay
$16.7 billion in bonuses and the trifling $550 million fine. Foreign
banks pocketed $58 billion from U.S. taxpayers.

warfare was invented by rich people; the Congressional Budget Office
recently reported that after-tax income during the past 30 years soared
275 percent for the richest 1 percent, compared to 18 percent for
working-class stiffs, while the effective federal rate for the top .01
fell from 42.9 to 31.5 percent.

should be thanking, rather than mocking, the people protesting the rich
hoodlums and crooked politicians who are stealing our democracy and the
American Dream. Shame on The Oklahoman.

—D.W. Tiffee

Tiffee ran as an independent for US Congress in 1994.

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