Wall Street’s Mom & Pop Bankers


As CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon must now cope with the recently enacted financial reform bill, which imposes a host of regulations meant to rein in the rip-offs, frauds and other excesses of Wall Street bankers.

Republican lawmakers, however, are crying that the Democrats’ reform bill puts a crushing burden on the poor financial giants. While these Wall Street apologists wail and keen, slick operators like Dimon are wasting no time on tears. They’re devising ways to slip out of the new regulatory reins. For example, the law limits the outrageous overdraft fees that banks have been sneaking onto our debit card accounts. No problem—the giants are quietly imposing new “maintenance fees” for basic checking accounts. Forget receiving a free toaster for opening an account; banks now hit you with up to $15 a month for the privilege of putting your money in their bank.

Dimon insists this is all necessary: “If you’re a restaurant and you can’t charge for the soda, you’re going to charge more for the burger,” he says.

Come on, Jamie, drop the mom-and-pop pose. You’re not a little restaurant struggling to make ends meet—you head a monopolistic financial behemoth that helped ruin the economy for America’s moms and pops, and then took billions in taxpayer bailouts. Your bank used the crisis to increase banks’ monopoly power. It continues to get federal money, just announced a 78-percent hike in profits, and gave you a salary and bonus of $18 million.

The Dimons of Wall Street keep picking our pockets because they believe they’re entitled to excessive profits. To help bring these greedheads down to Earth, visit Americans for Financial Reform.

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