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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 09:59 AM

 

Robert Reich: Why Hillary Clinton Is Wrong for Refusing To Resurrect Glass-Steagall

Resurrection of the Glass-Steagall Act has become an important policy difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

BY ROBERT REICH

This post first appeared at RobertReich.org.

Hillary Clinton won’t propose reinstating a bank break-up law known as the Glass-Steagall Act – at least according to Alan Blinder, an economist who has been advising Clinton’s campaign. “You’re not going to see Glass-Steagall,” Blinder said after her economic speech Monday in which she failed to mention it. Blinder said he had spoken to Clinton directly about Glass-Steagall.

This is a big mistake. 

It’s a mistake politically because people who believe Hillary Clinton is still too close to Wall Street will not be reassured by her position on Glass-Steagall. Many will recall that her husband led the way to repealing Glass Steagall in 1999 at the request of the big Wall Street banks.

It’s a big mistake economically because the repeal of Glass-Steagall led directly to the 2008 Wall Street crash, and without it we’re in danger of another one.

Some background: During the Roaring Twenties, so much money could be made by speculating on shares of stock that several big Wall Street banks began selling stock along side their traditional banking services – taking in deposits and making loans.

Some banks went further, lending to pools of speculators that used the money to pump up share prices. The banks sold the shares to their customers, only to have the share prices collapse when the speculators dumped them. 

Read more at the link: http://inthesetimes.com/article/18493/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-glass-steagall-wall-street

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mmonk Oct 2015 #1
JRLeft Oct 2015 #2
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Oct 2015 #3
JRLeft Oct 2015 #4
Enthusiast Oct 2015 #5
JRLeft Oct 2015 #6
azmom Oct 2015 #7
magical thyme Oct 2015 #8
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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 10:01 AM

1. Recommended.

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Response to mmonk (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 10:24 AM

2. This is why Hillary is seen as too close to Wall Street.

 

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 10:29 AM

3. Hopefully RR will be a member of Bernie's cabinet

 

It's starting to feel like people are willing to sell out to elect the first woman.

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Response to WhaTHellsgoingonhere (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 10:37 AM

4. I rather wait on Elizabeth Warren.

 

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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 10:38 AM

5. Kicked and recommended a whole bunch!

Thank you, JRLeft.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 10:43 AM

6. If Hillary wasn't such a neo-liberal and a corporatist I could

 

vote for her, but her stances on some of the more pressing issues are bad. She's still far better than a Republican.

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Thu Oct 15, 2015, 12:13 PM

7. K&R

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 01:59 PM

8. K&R

 

But to me it doesn't matter. If she suddenly decides to resurrect it, I won't believe her any way.

She'll do what 3rd wayers have been doing since Bill. Throw a social bone every now and then to pacify one group or another, while continuing to pave the path toward corporate ownership of....everything.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 15, 2015, 03:19 PM

9. Pretend to be for and then do little to push when in office.

 

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