Blueprint for Accountability

Last night I attended a really interesting panel discussion produced by CultureProject, called "Blueprint for Accountability: The Wall Street-Washington Connection." Some really smart, interesting folks were on the panel: Van Jones, Ron Suskind, Matt Taibbi, Eliot Spitzer, Heather McGhee, and Jesse LaGreca. Spitzer wrote a column for the Huffington Post yesterday that covers much of the panel's points, and here's the livestream (it's two hours, but definitely worth skipping around and watching some of the dramatic readings -- especially at 23:50). Karen Finney moderated and steered the discussion toward the impact big banks have had on our economy, then segued into a great discussion about publicly funded elections. In other words: not letting corporate money into campaigns. Wow. Sounds amazing, huh? An interesting moment occurred when Spitzer said he didn't think that publicly funded elections would happen any time soon, citing his experience and years in the "game." Heather McGhee pretty quickly disagreed, owing it to her optimism (not that McGhee's a newbie -- she's a director at Demos, a public policy center). Van discussed our work in the mortgage crisis and student loan debt... the two, of course, being parts of the bigger picture: the way big banks strong-arm so many aspects of our lives. From the program:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -- Thomas Jefferson

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