Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kill It. It's a Vampire

Get a load of this, from an article by Charles Geisst in the WaPo:

Citibank's problems rankled the public and everyone on Wall Street when it became clear that the country's largest bank had dug itself an inescapable hole. The bank that was too big to fail became a ward of the government and had to scale down its activities to survive. But Citi has some experience bouncing back from low public opinion. In the early 1930s, the National City Bank was widely condemned by all, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress, for having helped create the Crash of 1929 and the Depression that followed. Its president was fired and new banking laws were enacted to protect the financial system and the public. But the bank, today Citibank, survived and prospered. Its former president spent the rest of his working days overseeing a well-known brokerage house.

National City Bank. Citibank. Please, put the stake in its heart, once and for all. It does not deserve to live.

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