[Marxism] Fwd: Tomgram: Nomi Prins, How to Set the Economy on Fire | TomDispatch

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 3 08:37:00 MST 2018

Wall Street is now thoroughly emboldened as the financial elite follows 
the mantra of Kelly Clarkston’s hit song: “What doesn’t kill you makes 
you stronger.” Since the crisis of 2007-2008, the Big Six U.S. banks -- 
JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, 
and Morgan Stanley -- have seen the share price of their stocks 
significantly outpace those of the S&P 500 index as a whole.

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest 
bank (that’s paid $13 billion in settlements for various fraudulent 
acts), recently even pooh-poohed the chances of the Democratic Party in 
2020, suggesting that it was about time its leaders let banks do 
whatever they wanted. As he told Maria Bartiromo, host of Fox Business’s 
Wall Street Week, “The thing about the Democrats is they will not have a 
chance, in my opinion. They don’t have a strong centrist, pro-business, 
pro-free enterprise person.”

This is a man who was basically gifted two banks, Bear Stearns and 
Washington Mutual, by the U.S. government during the financial crisis. 
That present came as his own company got cheap loans from the Federal 
Reserve, while clamoring for billions in bailout money that he swore it 
didn’t need.

Dimon can afford to be brazen. JPMorgan Chase is now the second most 
profitable company in the country. Why should he be worried about what 
might happen in another crisis, given that the Trump administration is 
in charge? With pro-business and pro-bailout thinking reigning supreme, 
what could go wrong?


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