Because a handful of hedge fund managers make more money per year than all of the kindergarten teachers in America put together.
Because the five biggest banks are bigger now than they were before the financial collapse of 2008.
Because we pay sales taxes on everything we buy – from a gallon of gas to a bag of groceries – but Wall Street doesn't pay a single penny in transaction taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars of financial products they buy and sell every day.
Because the richest 1% has captured 90% of all income growth since the recovery began.
Because seven of the last nine Treasury Secretaries came from Wall Street banks – or went to work for one afterwards.
Because the financial industry spends nearly $1 million per day lobbying members of Congress.
The financial system is broken. Here are the tools to fix it.
Close the "carried interest" loophole
Wealthy private equity and hedge fund managers take advantage of a special loophole to pay a lower tax rate than ordinary Americans. The billionaires who benefit spend millions on lobbyists and campaign donations to preserve this unfair loophole. Read more...
End Too Big to Fail and make banks smaller, simpler, and safer
The 2008 crisis was a painful reminder that our political and financial systems are dominated by a small number of mega-banks that are too powerful, too risky, and too complicated. Let’s break up the big banks and reinstate the firewall between consumer and investment banking that served our country well for over sixty years. Read more...
Make Wall Street pay its fair share through a Wall Street Speculation Tax
Some people say we can’t afford good schools, or safe bridges, or even a secure retirement system. But a tiny tax on the sale of Wall Street financial products would generate hundreds of billions of dollars to invest in our communities – and it would also discourage short-term speculation. We pay taxes when we buy everything from a gallon of gas to a bag of groceries. Why shouldn’t Wall Street traders pay a tax when they trade risky, complicated derivatives? Read more...
Stop subsidizing multi-million dollar CEO bonuses: End the CEO Bonus Loophole
Because of yet another loophole, corporations can deduct millions of dollars in CEO pay from their taxes as long as the pay is "performance based," like stock options and bonuses. This incentivizes risky behavior focused only on short-term results. What’s worse, it’s also a tax-payer funded corporate subsidy of over $5 billion per year for big CEO pay at a time when executives are already paid more than 300 times the average worker. Read more...
End predatory lending and increase access to fair banking services
Predatory lending robs our families and communities of billions of dollars a year, often hitting people of color, and those already living close to the brink the hardest. To stop it, let's strengthen consumer protections – as the Consumer Bureau has begun to do. We also need options to provide families with high quality, low-cost ways to bank. Postal banking helped do that for many years in the US, and it can do it again. Read more...