Guest Post: Is Your Senator A Bankster

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Dylan Ratigan

The one main benefit to the financial reform effort so far is that
it helps further do away with the false paradigms of "left" or "right"
and "Democrat" or "Republican" - fewer and fewer people are falling for
those lies anymore. Try to get an ideological conservative to explain
why Republicans love spending and so eagerly give welfare to banks. Try to get your local liberal to explain why it was a good idea to make backroom deals with abhorrent corporations and drill, baby, drill. Heck, even try to get a Tea Partier to explain choosing bailout-lover Sarah Palin to keynote their convention, especially when that movement once had at least some pre-astroturf roots in protesting government giveaways.

What we have now is a group of politicians with shifting alliances on a case-by-case basis to the special interests who fund them.
And currently, the most damaging one to our nation is the rise of the
Bankster Party. Thankfully, we can now better identify its members.

Anyone who voted for the Kaufman-Brown SAFE amendment
deserves to be considered a member of the "People's Party", at least
for today. And while I may not agree, I am also OK with someone voting
no on Kaufman-Brown if they voted no on the bailout in the first place.
That at least shows a consistent ideology and we wouldn't need to break
up the banks into smaller parts if our leaders had the will to let them

But there is a special place for those who have the audacity to do something as incredibly un-American as voting to provide unencumbered welfare for rich bankers and then subsequently do absolutely nothing to fix the problem.
And that special place (for now) is in what we should call from this
point forward the "Bankster Party". Allow me to present to you its
current members:

Daniel Akaka (B-HI)
Lamar Alexander (B-TN)
Max Baucus (B-MT)
Evan Bayh (B-IN)
Michael F. Bennet (B-CO)
Christopher S. Bond (B-MO)
Richard Burr (B-NC)
Thomas R. Carper (B-DE)
Saxby Chambliss (B-GA)
Susan M. Collins (B-ME)
Kent Conrad (B-ND)
Bob Corker (B-TN)
John Cornyn (B-TX)
Christopher J. Dodd (B-CT)
Dianne Feinstein (B-CA)
Lindsey Graham (B-SC)
Chuck Grassley (B-IA)
Judd Gregg (B-NH)
Orrin G. Hatch (B-UT)
Kay Bailey Hutchinson (B-TX)
Daniel K. Inouye (B-HI)
Johnny Isakson (B-GA)
John F. Kerry (B-MA)
Amy Klobuchar (B-MN)
Herb Kohl (B-WI)
Jon Kyl (B-AZ)
Frank R. Lautenberg (B-NJ)
Joseph Lieberman (B-CT)
John McCain (B-AZ)
Claire McCaskill (B-MO)
Mitch McConnell (B-KY)
Robert Menendez (B-NJ)
Lisa Murkowski (B-AK)
Bill Nelson (B-FL)
Jack Reed (B-RI)
Charles Schumer (B-NY)
Olympia Snowe (B-ME)
John Thune (B-SD)
Mark Udall (B-CO)
George Voinovich (B-OH)
Mark Warner (B-VA)

Mark Begich (P-AK)
Jeff Bingaman (P-NM)
Barbara Boxer (P-CA)
Sherrod Brown (P-OH)
Roland Burris (P-IL)
Maria Cantwell (P-WA)
Bejamin Cardin (P-MD)
Robert Casey Jr. (P-PA)
Tom Coburn (P-OK)
Byron Dorgan (P-ND)
Richard Durbin (P-IL)
John Ensign (P-NV)
Russell Feingold (P-WI)
Al Franken (P-MN)
Tom Harkin (P-IA)
Edward Kaufman (P-DE)
Patrick Leahy (P-VT)
Carl Levin (P-MI)
Blanche Lincoln (P-AR)
Jeff Merkley (P-OR)
Lisa Mikulski (P-MD)
Patty Murray (P-WA)
Mark Pryor (P-AR)
Harry Reid (P-NV)
John D. Rockefeller IV (P-WV)
Bernard Sanders (P-VT)
Richard Shelby (P-AL)
Arlen Specter (P-PA)
Debbie Stabenow (P-MI)
Tom Udall (P-NM)
Jim Webb (P-VA)
Sheldon Whitehouse (P-RI)
Ron Wyden (P-OR)

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Mitchman's picture

It's heartwarming to see that paragon of virtue, Chuck Schumer in the back pocket of the banksters.  What a sanctimonious a**hole.

derp's picture

Remember playing Oregon Trail and how you could start as different professions? The Banker was always the easiest cause of all the cash he had at the start of the game. Pretty much like real life.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Wyden is definitely a bankster, and I just wrote to Merkley and told him I am not standing for anything less than revolution. 

Dylan you are on the right track, but the correct list is, "Who is a HARDCORE bankster, and who is a pussy bankster."

EDIT:  ROCKEFELLER (born bankster)?  SPECTER (magik bullet bankster)?  REID (Nuclear bankster)?  FRANKEN (Hollywood bankster)?  BOXER (Rodham bankster)?  C'MON DYLAN!

Problem Is's picture

Mr. LH: Exactly. Right on target.

Although I applaud Mr. Ratigan's stance and the fact he is the only individual in the corporate owned media whoring industry that even comes remotely close to facts and the truth...

Dylan's list is Bankster and Bankster Lite.
The US Senate is the largest collection of senile, useless, bribe taking, corrupt, treasonous whores found anywhere on planet earth.

Xibalba's picture

Hey look!   A water cooler in Times Square! 


Distraction will keep America from even noticing that they are being robbed blind by the "Change" party in power. 

cossack55's picture

We frequently used water cooler bombs in the RVN.  We would fill the jug with river water so the VC couldn't see the 6 claymores we put inside and set them about every 20 clicks on the Ho Trail.

We must have passed the trick to the Mujahadeen in the 80s.

Hansel's picture

2 for 2 in Texas.  F'n a.

Miss Expectations's picture

There are only 74 names here.

Where's North Carolina's Bankster Broad Kay Hagen?



#letter_header {margin-top:108px !important}

Thank you for your message regarding the confirmation of Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important nomination. I apologize for my delayed response.

On September 17, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Ben Bernanke to serve a second four year term as the head of the Federal Reserve. His nomination was subsequently approved with bipartisan support by the members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Chairman Bernanke was confirmed by the full Senate, again with bipartisan support, on January 28, 2010, by a vote of 70-30.

Chairman Bernanke first assumed his role as head of the Federal Reserve in February 2006 and has shown tremendous leadership during his tenure. While I certainly believe that the Federal Reserve made mistakes leading up to our recent economic crisis, Chairman Bernanke took critical steps to avert a deeper financial crisis in 2008. By cutting interest rates decisively and establishing targeted lending programs, Chairman Bernanke staved off financial panic. I believe that Chairman Bernanke is the best possible individual to head our nation's central bank during this economic recovery.

Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.



  Kay R. Hagan

primus's picture

"I believe that Chairman Bernanke is the best possible individual to head our nation's central bank during this economic recovery."




Are they still calling it a 'recovery'?

earnyermoney's picture

Hagan is a major FAIL. Former executive at N.C.N.B which is now BofA.

Forbes's picture

OK, these Dylan Ratigan rants are getting a little old. How about some in-depth analysis that points to some obvious steps forward, instead of name-calling. This post is little more than a one-way shout fest. Boring.

faustian bargain's picture

Step 1: vote the bastards out.

Step 2, when step 1 fails: pitchforks and torches.

dumpster's picture

just read that Utah . voted out a three term republican incumbent .. Bennett.. did not even make it into the next round  booted out in committee

the folks are getting antsy,, don't call just vote them out


the message will bre loud and clear

BlackBeard's picture

If the people aren't informed, then the people can't begin to work on a solution.  Stupid asshole.

Alienated Serf's picture

zip it forbes.  i watched the show today, it was great.  he is by far the best thing we have going in the mainstream media.  where else do see anyone in the media explaining how we are all a bunch of debt slaves paying usurious rates to an evil oligarchy? 

Orly's picture

I spoke to that several weeks ago after the phucknut was on Eat the Mess.  He started on about "derivatives," and Gregory was all like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Let's don't get too complicated here..."

Dylan is falling into the same category as most of the mainstream media and I am beginning to wonder if he is not the newest media/government conglomerate shill, a la Glenn Beck.

Dumb us down, keep us divided (I am a former upper-class Republican, African-American muslim lesbian, myself...and I have my own agenda, thank you very much...).  That's the game.  That's the plan and so, ergo, that's the game plan.

Dylan did us a nice service in further dividing us into an even smaller niche.  Just divide, Dylan.  Don't inform.  Thanks.

Par for the course...

Crab Cake's picture

A better question is....

Is your Senator not a bankster? 

Let's make them prove it, or walk the plank.

Rage Against The Machine: Know Your Enemy

RobD's picture

Damn Nevada is bankster free, I guess old Harry finds a nut every once in a while. He is pro gun too but otherwise he's mostly pathetic.

You Cant Handle the Truth's picture

Harry was for strong banking reform the moment he knew it had no votes to pass.  His last name should be spelled "Reed."

ZerOhead's picture

Separating the wheat from the chaff... keep up, the good work!

E pluribus unum's picture

This is laughable. The whole thing was scripted from the number of yesses to the number of noes. If they needed the "People's Party" senators to switch sides at the last minute, they would have

Duuude's picture

Bingo E.

"If they're in vote em out."

zeroman's picture

folks; it is planely obvious that we are economic slaves who work for the elitist Repub and Demo parties.  These politician are puppets being pulled by their supporters which are for the most part bankers and major corporations.  Until we have a non-violent but aggressive revolution, we the people will get screwed. The biggest thing they have going for them, the elitists, is that "we the people" actually don't think we have control.  We do. We just cannot communicate and get organized.  The web will be the place for this to take place.  We must figuratively kill the elitists in this country in order to take it back.  Our political system is no more than a two headed dragon.

laughing_swordfish's picture

Unfortunately you have it wrong on the non-violence, my man.

TPTB are not going to pay us any mind until we can make Wall Street and DC, along with the Hamptons and Greenwich look like Baghdad, Beirut or Belfast.

Hate to say it, but the mujahideen and the IRA (remember them?) have shown us the way.

Intifada, anyone?


KrvtKpt laughing swordfish

DKM Trading Division

Note: we did not cause yesterday, because we had no positions in e-minis and my traders do not have fat fingers.



Rick64's picture

What about Ghandi and MLK? As well as many others.

faustian bargain's picture

And it's all thanks to them that we live in a world free of bigotry and imperialism.

Rick64's picture

They changed history and their countries, united people against injustices. Did they make things perfect, of course not.

whoopsing's picture

Hey ,be careful in the Hampton's!I'd hate to see my geographically close-by,blue-collar town listed in the collateral damage column,we're trying to dig out of the wreckage as it is...TY

velobabe's picture

dylan, just had one heck of an hour show.

you got some great MoJo, babe†

spreading it to the streets, thanks.

..........wait a minute, Robert Menendez (B-NJ) didn't you or chris matthews just have this bankster on your show, talking immigration?

AnAnonymous's picture

Gymkana done to avoid consequences.

It's been a while since a large segment of the US population was pushed out of the political dome. People who remained within  the dome cheered. Easier to conduct the country.

Now both politics and that segment have learned to do one without the other. Too late to change that.

Politicians dont care and rejoice. They all exert institutional power. They could be elected by one vote,their grand-mother's (deceased the day before the election) they would exert the same power responsibilities. A politician no longer needs his electors.

Lights out.

mynhair's picture

Bill Nelson is a useless inhaler of O2.

Janice's picture

+1,000,000,000,000,000,000 + 1

35Pete's picture

Cube that number. Most federal politicians from Florida are worthless. 

Gordon_Gekko's picture

I think a majority of the US Government and all Wall Street banksters fit that definition.

HEHEHE's picture

If they are in office they aren't for the people; they are for themselves and the people who've bought them.

Janice's picture

My Florida senator is on the bankster list.  But please tell me what to do...every year I vote against the incumbent and every year they get re-elected.  I swear, I think the elections are rigged.  Why don't we have internet voting or weekend voting??  Why don't we have a MULTI-PARTY (more than 2) system???


Our Representative, Allen Boyd is a Bankster also.  The Blue Dog Pack has taken lots of money from the banks and Allen Boyd gets his fair cut of the profits....not to mention the outright bribes...umm, I mean campaign contributions.



Sam Malone's picture

Wait, elections rigged in Florida? I don't buy it!

Duuude's picture

What to do?


Vote em all tha fcku out.


Doesn't matter near term, we're all scroomed anyway.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

It is your moral obligation and duty to vote out and finish the political career of each and every asshole/slut on the bankster party list. If you don't your kids will pay the price.

You Cant Handle the Truth's picture

It's very simple:  if you want to nullify the will of the people, then make sure political parties have no principles.

If people could actually count on a politician to do what they say they'll do, then people could affect change.


AccreditedEYE's picture

Where the hell is Ron Paul?

BlackBeard's picture

He's a congressman, not a senator.

Sisyphus's picture

For some reason, the title of the article reminded me of this song.


Damn It Feels Good To Be A G(B)angsta


And now, a word from the President!

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
Gettin voted into the White House
Everything lookin good to the people of the world
But the Mafia family is my boss
So every now and then I owe a favor gettin' down
like lettin' a big drug shipment through
And send 'em to the poor community
So we can bust you know who
So voters of the world keep supportin' me
And I promise to take you very far
Other leaders better not upset me
Or I'll send a million troops to die at war

jp's picture


 May 7

“Size is not the appropriate restriction,”

I was up for two hours working on this last night and found this very important detail regarding this issue.

Reform is very much alive and well & coming new week.

If you're in financials, you might want to start slowly heading toward the door.


Duuude's picture


Hmmm......One time audit to find out who got what...why...conflicts of interest...AND HOW MUCH GODDAMNED $$$$ DID THE BANKSTERS MAKE ON THA FED/TREASURIES SCAM!?!  Am I hearing this right? This is gonna happen?!?

jp's picture

The audit is just one amendment going back to 2007 and it must be posted online for everyone to see by Dec.1 of 2010.

That is not all of the reforms by any means.

The people are sick to death of these BIG SHOTS getting away with this SCAM and every one up there who might be running for office in 2010 knows it. Right, Left, Center, Everyone ONE. All Americans are FED UP.

Financials are going to get a giant WAKEUP CALL & IT IS NOT GOING TO BE PRETTY.