Elizabeth Warren Glass-Steagall Petition Garners Thousands Signatures Overnight, as Calls for Glass-Steagall Proliferate Everywhere
May 16, 2012 • 6:40AM

Monday's endorsement of Glass-Steagall by Massachusetts U.S. Senate Democrat candidate Elizabeth Warren, has met with huge media coverage, and her Glass-Steagall petition request exceeded its goal of 50,000 signatures, in less than 24 hours!

The petition was posted yesterday at BoldProgressives.org, and sent to 900,000 subscribers, with an objective of getting 50,000 signatures soon. However, there were 52,000 as of this morning, and still coming in strong.

The media coverage is extensive. Some are giving prominent coverage to the "issue," but others are endorsing Glass-Steagall outright. A sampling:

WASHINGTON POST. There is an interview of Warren by Ezra Klein posted this morning, in which she speaks of Glass-Steagall, in response to Klein's palaver about the "complexity" of the Volcker Rule:

Warren: That's the strongest argument for a modern Glass-Steagall. Glass-Steagall said in effect that hedge funds should be separated from commercial banking. If a big institution wants to go out and play in the market, that's fine. But it doesn't get the backup of the federal government. If it's too complicated to implement the Volcker rule, do you say we give up and let the largest financial institutions do what they want? Or do you say maybe that's the reason we need a modern Glass-Steagall?

Klein: Do you support a modernized Glass-Steagall law?

Warren: Yeah! I've talked with Sen. Maria Cantwell from Washington State. She's been working on that, and I think the debate should be on the table."

BOSTON GLOBE Wide coverage is given to Warren's move for Glass-Steagall, and also to her call for Jamie Dimon to step down.

DOW JONES MARKET WATCH. David Weidner, the Wall Street reporter for MarketWatch, writes an opinion piece, saying, "So, rather than slap more ineffective and easily gamed rules into the system, let's just divide the system. We the people will keep our traditional banking — the monetary and economic side of the equation. We'll let casino capitalism run wild on the other side. Let's bring back Glass-Steagall..."

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW. An editorial in today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, owned by Richard Mellon Scaife of the Mellon banking family, says "the better solution is to return to a very commonsense past regulation — Glass-Steagall... [which] served this nation quite well for decades until its provisions began to be watered down in the 1960s and then eliminated in 1999..."

REUTERS. A Reuters editorial, by James Saft, says, "The Volcker Rule won't be effective; it is impossible to distinguish hedges from speculation and either can blow up banks. The better alternative is to end the policy of too big to fail, preferably while at the same time forcing all banks out of the business of market speculation through a revival of the kind of Glass-Steagall-like policy which encouraged a small and useful financial sector for decades, forcing those that want government insurance to act like utilities, taking deposits, processing payments and making simple loans."

NEW YORK TIMES. A letter to the editor, from Paul Immerman, securities lawyer, states: "The recent JPMorgan Chase trading losses highlight the need to re-enact Glass-Steagall and separate trading and securities activities from the deposit-taking and lending functions of commercial banks... It's time to ignore the hollow claims of bankers [specifically JPMC's Jamie Dimon] who lobby for less regulation and impose real reform by admitting that repealing Glass-Steagall was a mistake. Only by re-enacting Glass-Steagall and prohibiting all trading activities by commercial banks can we avoid another meltdown and taxpayer-funded bailout."

CNN. There were at least 12 calls for re-instating Glass- Steagall, among the 100 comments sent into a CNN posting of an article "How big is Obama's Wall Street problem" from the Jack Cafferty Show, about JP Morgan Chase, even though Cafferty never mentioned Glass-Steagall at all.


HILL BLOG. The Washington DC-based 'Hill Blog' says that, together, Warren and Ron Paul (who voted against Glass- Steagall's repeal in 1999) could "change the world."

Boston Globe Buzzfeed and other blogs are jangling on this too, plus coverage on Slate.com, the International Business Times, the American Banker, and many more.