Obama to collect $90 billion from banks thru ‘financial crisis responsibility fee’




At 11:50 a.m., the President is going to announce a new fee on banks, designed to recoup losses from the TARP program. Here’s what the “financial crisis responsibility fee” is and does:

President Obama plans to call on Thursday for taxing about 50 big banks and major financial institutions for at least the next decade to recoup all taxpayer losses from the bailout of Wall Street.

The tax on banks, insurance companies and brokerages with more than $50 billion in assets would start after June 30 and seek to collect $90 billion over 10 years, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters late Wednesday.

But the levy but would remain in force longer if all losses to the bailout fund, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, are not recovered after a decade.

Not sure what safeguards exist to insure that the fee is paid by the banks and not the rest of us. But, this is a political move, too. There’s great anger in the country towards Wall Street and the big banks. It’s easy to understand why.

For example, yesterday, a number of top bankers testified before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). ABC’s Jon Karl reports that while the bankers appeared contrite during the hearing, that wasn’t the case after they left the hearing room:

When they came before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the leaders of the nation’s top banks were contrite about their role in the financial meltdown. But when ABC News caught up with them after the hearing, they expressed no regret whatsoever for the big bonuses now going to bank executives.

Karl has video to prove it.


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