Bill Maher: Stop the Abuse — It’s Time to Break Up With Your Big Bank

Bill Maher via the Huffington Post:

Hello, I’d like to take a moment to address the millions and millions of you all across America who are currently stuck in an abusive relationship.

Now I know what some of you are thinking: Who is Bill Maher to give me relationship advice?

But that doesn’t mean I don’t know a dysfunctional relationship when I see one. Especially when it’s staring me right in the face.

You know who you are. Those of you staying in a relationship long after it’s turned bad. Sticking around despite the abuse — even as it’s gotten worse and worse over the years. Sticking around only because it seems easier than breaking up — and besides, where else are you going to go?

That’s right, I’m talking to all of you that keep doing your banking at the giant, too big to fail, Wall Street banks that brought our economy to the brink of disaster, were rescued by trillions of dollars of our taxpayer money, then paid us back by using that money to hire lobbyists to convince our lawmakers in Washington to kill financial reform.

  • girlmachine

    A great website, and I'm so grateful that you posted it. I've been wanting to find a small local bank, but had absolutely no idea how to go about finding a good one. Through this link, I just found a local bank that serves and invests in Los Angeles' own inner-city communities. I didn't even know banks like this existed. Thank you, Disinfo!!

  • mrtwilight23

    I moved so I could be closer to work and out of convenience switched my account from a larger credit union to a much smaller local one.
    My new credit union doesn't have any 'branches' and I assumed that would somehow be a liability. I've found that when it comes to banking, size does NOT matter.
    I keep a very close watch over my finances now, but when I didn't and was banking at the larger credit union I depleted my account and made several purchases over one weekend. I got a $30 'fee' for each transaction thereafter. I think there were 4 overdraft fees in all over the weekend.
    At my new credit union if I go in the hole, there is no fee.

  • Anonymous

    I generally like Bill Maher and I enjoy watching his show, but I have a hard time taking him seriously after the stunt he and Michael Moore pulled on Ralph Nader in ’04. I probably have a harder time listening to Michael Moore after that happened because he claimed to be one of Nader’s biggest supporters and he was doing it for what I consider to be selfish reasons. Sure, most people wanted Bush out of office, but was Kerry the right man to take his place? I think we have seen that any candidate that is spoon-fed to us is likely going to further the interests of people that are not us. Also, if people wanted him out as bad as they say they did then they would have voted him out. Lazy pricks.

    I didn’t even watch this video.

  • tonyviner

    I generally like Bill Maher and I enjoy watching his show, but I have a hard time taking him seriously after the stunt he and Michael Moore pulled on Ralph Nader in '04. I probably have a harder time listening to Michael Moore after that happened because he claimed to be one of Nader's biggest supporters and he was doing it for what I consider to be selfish reasons. Sure, most people wanted Bush out of office, but was Kerry the right man to take his place? I think we have seen that any candidate that is spoon-fed to us is likely going to further the interests of people that are not us. Also, if people wanted him out as bad as they say they did then they would have voted him out. Lazy pricks.

    I didn't even watch this video.