(Video) Send to Mitch McConnell: Financial Meltdown in Song and Puppetry
April 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Do you have trouble understanding all of the ins and outs of our financial meltdown? Are you confused over exotic instruments, such as derivatives and credit default swaps? Well, you no longer have to strain your precious brain cells, because MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan has simplified the near total collapse of our economy in a skit using brightly colored puppets and a catchy song. Meant for kids, I can think of a few Congressional lawmakers that could benefit from its lessons. Perhaps someone should send it to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as he is at this very minute, working very hard to derail financial reform to appease his Wall Street masters.
The skit called, “Story Pirates” boils the financial meltdown down to a few basic concepts, greed, criminal acts, corrupt politicians and deregulation. A smarmy Wall Street character named “E.Z. Money,” explains the sleaze of Wall Street to a classroom full of elementary school age children: “Hey, kids. How many of you would like to be filthy, stinking rich? I can make money without having to work hard, invest wisely or have any talents whatsoever. Kids, if you want something you have to take it.”
The ensuing song has the line: “You can wake up every morning and work hard all the time, Or you can do what I do and commit financial crimes.”
“And suddenly kids in front of your eyes stealing your pension’s been legalized”