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How You Can Make A Difference 
2nd-Jan-2010 10:16 am
Dragonfly Moon
Interesting article with a surprising conclusion how we as individuals (regardless of political affiliation) can make a difference in the current economic mess and circumvent the government/big business (pick your favorite villian).

Move Your Money: A New Year's Resolution
an excerpt:
..."We talked about the outrage of big, bailed-out banks turning around and spending millions of dollars on lobbying to gut or kill financial reform -- including "too big to fail" legislation and regulation of the derivatives that played such a huge part in the meltdown. And as we contrasted that with the efforts of local banks to show that you can both be profitable and have a positive impact on the community, an idea took hold: why don't we take our money out of these big banks and put them into community banks? And what, we asked ourselves, would happen if lots of people around America decided to do the same thing? Our money has been used to make the system worse -- what if we used it to make the system better?"

Where's your money? Are you contributing to the problem?
2nd-Jan-2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
We've moved some of our money into a local community bank because the large bank arbitrarily lowered our credit limit (effectively evaporating our operating capitol) earlier this year. We also slowed down paying off cards because it didn't do us any good if the bank could just take the "cushion" away at any time.

So now we have a small nest egg in a local bank, where they're friendly and eager to work with local business (us). We can't pull the plug on the large bank because too much business goes thru it. But we can slowly shift over to the local bank.

You don't want all your eggs in one basket these days.
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