“It’s like taking the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars and slapping them in the face with it.”


That’s what NPR’s Morning Edition is encouraging the American people to do to protect ourselves and the country from big bad banks.

The Move Your Money project put together the compelling video (below) to illustrate why it’s socially irresponsible to have your money in big banks instead of local ones.

In the video, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings says, “It’s like taking the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars and slapping them in the face with it.”

Massachusetts Congressman Michael Capuano had similar thoughts, “I don’t have one single penny in one of your banks. I don’t want my money to go into credit swaps and CDOs and making humongous bonuses.”

Weaving together pieces of It’s a Wonderful Life, current news, and political video clips, the folks at Move Your Money want to expose the criminal acts of banks today. They put this message as a conclusion, “If you leave your money with the big banks, they will use it to pay lobbyists to keep Congress from fixing the system.”

So if you don’t go switch banks now, I swear…

The modern “Potters” featured in this video are:

Bank of America, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Chase, Citibank, Wall St., Washington Mutual

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