Nationalization: Code Word for Banker Takeover
February 19, 2009
It is now a mantra in the corporate media — the only way to fix the banking system is to “nationalize” the banks. “A touchy word has entered the public debate about the future of America’s economy. It’s a word that would shock the nation in normal times, but as even Republicans begin to whisper it, temporary ‘nationalization’ of troubled banks is increasingly seen as our last best hope for fixing our financial system,” declares Thomas Kelley, writing for Yahoo News.
Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina defend and push bank “nationalization” because there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats — both are on the hook to the global elite and the bankers. Even supposed libertarians are lining up behind this scheme, including the Cato Institute. But then Cato’s directorship is rife with honchos from E-Trade Financial, FedEx, and other big corporations. Cato has hosted Greenspan and Bernanke at its functions.