Detroit is Too Big to Fail: Crush Wall Street, Not The American People

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by Bill Roberts, LaRouchePAC Policy Committee

(July 22, 2013)–On Friday, July 19th, during a live webcast Lyndon LaRouche warned that if we do not succeed in forcing the U.S. Congress to put through a reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, we can kiss the nation goodbye. As the financial bubble continues to implode, the banks of the trans-Atlantic financial system would simply default on payments to their debtors and a major part of the population of Europe and the United States would simply be left out on the streets to starve to death.

The unmistakable proof of LaRouche’s warning can be seen in the situation unfolding in Detroit. Last week, emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy for the City of Detroit; the former “arsenal of democracy” became the largest city ever to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. While swaps dealers and “too big to fail” banks have been given a sweetheart deal by Orr to preserve 80% of interest rate swap claims, the pension plans of municipal workers will be almost entirely defaulted on. Since under federal law, municipalities and their workers do not necessarily have to pay into and therefore do not receive payments from Social Security, defaulting on pension obligations to retired city workers will utterly destroy the sole source of income of an entire segment of the population.

Almost exactly 1 year ago, in testimony before the Detroit City Council, I warned that either the city council demand and fight for the re-implementation of Glass-Steagall, or they would see the city and its population sacrificed on behalf of the same criminal banks that pulled off the largest banking swindle in human history: the rigging of the LIBOR rate against the cities and municipal utilities, bilking them out of billions of dollars. My advice was not heeded and Detroit was put under a financial dictatorship, just like the financial dictatorship over the nations of Greece and Italy by the European troika.

This is the type of blatantly fascist bail-in policy spelled out in Title II of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, which creates a top down authority by which the “systemically important” global banks can commence the “Cyprus-style” default on depositors’ accounts. It also reflects what J.P. Morgan has openly called for in a recent 16 page document where they brag that a top down, unified bankers dictatorship over Europe is already halfway complete and that the only thing standing in the way is anti-fascist, pro-democratic constitutions in place in certain European nations.

This attempt by Orr and Governor Rick Snyder, to trash public pension contracts has already been ruled a violation of the Michigan Constitution, which guarantees the sanctity of public pension contracts under state law. More to the point, this action constitutes a fascist, Wall Street crime against the American people and a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and is only the most extreme example of similar crimes being committed by Wall Street and the British Empire across the 50 states of the union. The irony, of course, is that Detroit, once the city whose factories and workforce were most responsible for producing the wartime materials that successfully beat back the forces of fascism in the 1940s, is now, itself, under occupation by a fascist dictatorship. Detroit was on top of Hitler’s list of strategic bombing targets to destroy. Now his policy has come to fruition.

What is being done to Detroit is what will be done to the American population generally if this is not immediately defeated. Congress must act now to bankrupt these bastards before it is too late!

In the next two weeks, the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee will be escalating the fight insides the halls of the U.S. Congress, against the criminal enemy faction behind these policies in order to create a breakthrough in the fight to reinstate Glass-Steagall, the pivotal policy shift necessary for destroying Wall Street and organizing a full economic recovery. will be highlighting the crimes that have been committed by Wall Street throughout the 50 states, in order to further smoke out the traitors and force Congress to take the side of the American population against this intention for willful genocide.