We will not back down
Tuesday, 8 December, 2009 23:33
"President Barack Obama"
As we head into the final stretch on health reform, big insurance company lobbyists and their partisan allies hope that their relentless attacks and millions of dollars can intimidate us into accepting the status quo.
So I have a message for them, from all of us: Not this time. We have come too far. We will not turn back. We will not back down.
But do not doubt -- the opponents of reform will not rest.
Let's win this together,
President Barack Obama
We want our money back
Saturday, 16 January, 2010 1:07
From: "Vice President Joe Biden"
To: "Ana Santana"
Yesterday, President Obama announced our proposed Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee on the country's largest banks:
"My commitment is to recover every single dime the American people are owed. And my determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people...We want our money back, and we're going to get it."
The fee would recover every penny loaned to Wall Street during the financial crisis and stop the reckless abuses and excesses that nearly caused the collapse of our financial system in the first place.
But the banking industry -- among the most powerful lobbies in Washington -- is already launching attacks to stop Congress from enacting the proposal.
Barack and I aren't backing down. But to win, we'll need the American people to add their voice right away.
The proposal is expected to recoup billions from the big banks, most of it from the ten largest. As the President said, "If these companies are in good enough shape to afford massive bonuses, they are surely in good enough shape to afford paying back every penny to taxpayers."
There is much more work to do to reform the financial system and create a new era of accountability. But the Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee is a crucial step.
Change isn't easy, but it's certainly worth fighting for. I'm glad you're in this fight with us.
Thank you for making it possible,
Vice President Joe Biden