TIME FOR A PEASANT UPRISING


As all of you who visit here regularly know, I believe there is no more powerful force for good in the whole universe than unbridled rage. It was rage against the darkness and cold that lead to the invention of fire.  It was anger over taxation without representation that fermented the First American Revolution.  Star Trek was saved from cancellation and by angry fans. True, they could be angry only until 10:00 PM, when their mothers made them turn off the basement light and go to sleep, but it was their righteous, dorky anger that saved the show and made it into the billion dollar franchise it is today.


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My friends, its time to get angry again, and I am not kidding. It is time to get the pitchforks out, light the torches, and drive the monster into the burning windmill. It is time to rise up and let the bastards know they can’t get away with it again.

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The bastards I reference are those bloated, seven-home owning, corporate jet flying a-holes who run the American banks that recently came to congress with cups in their hands asking for money to save them from financial ruin.


Please capitalize our profits, but socialize our debts.

Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula and Dr. X begging for another chance.

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And they got the money they asked for – hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.  Joe Six Pack who lost his job and was kicked out of his home because he can’t pay his ever-expanding mortgage didn’t get a nickel.  But the hugely rich slobs walked into an avalanche of money – and took it all.

I'm doing this for the good of the nation.

I'm doing this for the good of the nation.

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Please remember why they asked for all that money.  They wanted the money to cover up their really, really bad business decisions prompted by greed so powerful that it blinded them to the common sense a cockroach has.

"Students, never, ever do this."

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And here is the beauty part: they told congress that the scope and depth of their failure was SO big that, if they went under, they would take all of us with them.  They argued that they needed to be bailed out because, if they went out of business, billions around the world would be homeless and unemployed, food riots would spread across the world, and the global economy would collapse.


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In other words, their mistakes brought the whole world to the brink of utter disaster. Their greed did what international terror; global warming and the Ebola virus didn’t and couldn’t do. Their burning desires to get filthy rich risked destroying the world.

Do you blame the American Congress for shoving money at them?  I sure don’t.  Hell, everyone was terrified, and most still are. I’m stockpiling peppercorns and other spices because I am afraid the international distribution system is going to collapse making the price of anything imported too expensive to buy.

vietnamese black pepper

vietnamese black pepper

So we did what Americans do in a crisis: we threw money at it – lots and lots of money, more money than we have thrown at any problem since the founding of our nation.  And those who knowingly manufactured the problem took the money and went away.


I'm doing this for the good of the nation.

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Well, now they’ve spent it, primary on bonuses paid to themselves, and they have their hands out for more.


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None of this makes me angry.  Not a bit. What makes me angry is that those same banks refuse to tell anybody how they have spent and are spending the money.

I am not kidding. The Associated Press – which I consider the watchdog for the People – contacted 21 banks that received at least one billion dollars each, and asked four simple questions:

How much has been spent?

    What was it spent on?

    How much is being held back for the bank’s own reserves?

    What’s the plan for the rest?

When I read these questions I thought “very reasonable.”  At the bare minimum I want to know the answers to these exact questions.  They were given my money. They were given your money.  We should know how much they’ve spent, what they spent it on, now much they haven’t spend and what they plan for it.

Well, guess what? They won’t tell us.

No kidding.  These banks – who came to congress hats in hand predicting doomsday if they didn’t get cash fast – won’t tell anyone how what they’ve done or are doing or plan on doing with the money.  What they are basically asking us to do is trust them with our money.


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check's in the mail, and I promise not to c


Are they out of their cholesterol-choked brains?  We trusted them before and they blew it big time.  We de-regulated them and trusted them to do what was good and right and they abused our trust by doing what was good for them in the short term and disastrous for us in the long term


You will never get a complimentary copy. Ever.

You will never get a complimentary copy. Ever.

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And now they want what they are doing with or money kept secret – just like before – while they do what they did before.

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This is how they want to walk their dogs. All it takes is money.

This is how they want to walk their dogs. All it takes is money.


And that is what makes me angry.  And it should make you angry, too. They are acting like nothing has changed. But it has changed. When we gave them our money to bail them out from their own mistakes, it wasn’t a loan – it was a purchase.  We OWN them now.  They work for us now.

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When we bailed the financial system out, we nationalized that industry. Don’t mumble about the evils of socialism. It is too late for that.  The government now owns those banks, and the government is us. All of us.

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So it is time for a little accountability. It is time those fat cats learned who is now boss.  They better damn well answer those four questions, and if they don’t, it is time for the peasants to revolt. It is time to chase a few of them with pitchforks and torches.


"Where are the bastards that did this to us?"
“Where are the bastards that did this to us?”

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For better or worse, it is our world now.  We bought it by bailing out the banks that previously owned it.  Let’s not let them screw us again. It is high time for some answers to some straightforward questions.

You can only push the peasants so far before they take matters into their own hands.

You can only push the peasants so far before they take matters into their own hands.

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5 Responses to “TIME FOR A PEASANT UPRISING”

  1. Give them more money? Huh NO – not until a nice little (or in this case GIANT) audit. I want to know, as a tax paying citizen, where every penny went. Open the books boys and go grab a cup of cheap coffee it’s gonna take awhile.

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  2. It better not take a while. This is the age of computers. If they can’t push a few buttons and print out the results, then there is something wrong. If they delay, that is a sign they are screwing around with our money again.

    It is time some perps to be frog marched into waiting squad cars. We loved it when it happened to Ken Lay. We loved it when it happened to Milken. We loved it when it happened to Keating. But the rest of them clearly weren’t paying attention.

    It is time to let them know how prison air smells and prison food tastes.

    No country club white collar prisons for this bunch. I want them in Folsom with the general population.

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  3. Paul, what about Stern?

    Anyway merry Xmas and here’s to another interesting new year!!!

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  4. Chaz – Yeah. Stern, too.

    Merry Xmas to all my mates down under.

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  5. I every time spent my half an hour to read this webpage’s posts daily along with a mug of coffee.

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