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The David McWilliams Podcast

The Easiest Way to Rob a Bank is to Run It

Season 2023, Ep. 64

As John returns from Washington DC we take a quick state of that nation before coming home to talk about how the Irish banks are actually stealing their customer's money. Interest income is the income of savers not the banks, if the banks don't pass that on, they are stealing customers income. That's what is happening!

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