Robin Hood Aims to Become Secretary of U.S. Treasury
With resume in hand, Robin Hood made his way to the Department of the Treasury this morning intent on applying for the top post, Secretary of Treasury, United States of America. Timothy Geithner, who is exiting the job, has helped usher in a period of profound economic inequality in this country over the last four years, and prior to that as the Fed chief in New York, with communities across the nation still suffering from the fallout of the 2008 financial collapse.
“If I am appointed it will mean that Wall Street didn’t win the election,” said Robin. “We need a real recovery and the Robin Hood Tax is the way to spark it. There is some form of financial transaction tax in 40 countries and the U.S. needs to join that list. That is my plan.” He added, “Wall Street has paid out more than ten times in bonuses than fines for misdeeds that collapsed the economy.”
Robin was blocked from entering Treasury. He found himself confronted by Grinch, with more bad news about an economy brought to a state of ruin by Wall Street deception and greed.. U.S. government data reveals that one in three Americans lives at twice poverty or less, with child poverty growing. Yet U.S. companies are sitting on $3.4 trillion in cash.
Grinch had a lot to be proud of.
Undeterred, Robin made his way to the White House, where puzzled guards refused to pass his resume on to the President. Jessica Yellin, of CNN, snapped a photo of Robin on her way in to cover the White House. Others on hand noticed Robin Hood against the backdrop of the President’s residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, a place where policies are debated and announced, having little to do with a real national recovery.
Later, Robin went to the Office of Personnel Management to submit his resume and outline his credentials. “The Wall Street tax could fund 9 million new jobs that pay more than $38,000 a year or save 1.7 million homes from foreclosure,” said Robin. “It could fund guaranteed healthcare for all, end HIV/AIDS in a generation, stop poverty and hunger, and fund the transition to a non-fossil fuel based economy.”
Grinch was dismayed.
Simultaneous to Robin’s job hunt, a letter was sent to President Obama signed by more than 60 organizations, endorsers of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign. Signatories asked for the President’s support of a Robin Hood Tax, embodied in HR-6411, The Inclusive Prosperity Act, introduced this fall by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). The letter provides, in part: “[W]e urge you to nominate a candidate for Secretary of Treasury who will (1) champion a financial transaction tax and (2) dedicate the revenue raised to fund public services that keep people and the planet healthy and whole, at home and around the world.”
These are the very qualifications Robin Hood sought to deliver this day.