WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told banks Thursday they should pay a new tax to recoup the cost of bailing out foundering firms at the height of the financial crisis. "We want our money back," he said.Oh, Barry the Beneficent, thank you oh so very much for looking out for we, the taxpayers. Under your watch I know you have done everything you can to ensure a debt-free future for our children. You have been such a great steward of our hard-earned money that we have dutifully entrusted into your loving hands. .
In a brief appearance with advisers at the White House, Obama branded the latest round of bank bonuses as "obscene." But he said his goal was to prevent such excesses in the future, not to punish banks for past behavior.
The tax, which would require congressional approval, would last at least 10 years and generate about $90 billion over the decade, according to administration estimates. "If these companies are in good enough shape to afford massive bonuses, they are surely in good enough shape to afford paying back every penny to taxpayers," Obama said.
Oh, Dear Leader, whatever would we do without you?
Hey, Barry--by the way, while you're asking for "our" money back from those evil bankers a la your mentor Saul Alinsky (which you will no doubt pass along to unions and others to buy your re-election campaign), may we, the great unwashed, kindly ask for our freedom and our COUNTRY back?