Willie Sutton was a prolific American bank robber. His reign began in the late 1920s and continued to his final arrest in 1952. He spent about half of his adult life in prisons. He reportedly robbed banks of over two million dollars in his lifetime. Willie was not a Robin Hood, he did not rob from the rich to give to the poor.
Before he died, Willie told an interviewer he robbed banks “Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all. Go where the money is…and go there often.
This is in response to the quote most often heard concerning why Willie robbed banks. A reporter said his response to that question was “Because that’s where the money is.”
Now the reporter may have paraphrased Willies reply and just used the last statement “Go where the money is … and go there often.” We will never know.
But, in this time of economic strife in the United States when the political minds in Washington D.C. are fighting over who we should take from to “balance” the budget. Should we take from the poor and the sick and the elderly? Should we take from the veterans that have made sacrifices for our country? Should we take from the children? All of these groups have been mentioned frequently as having to make sacrifices by the Republicans.
What about following Willies supposed thoughts and “go where the money is”?
Here is an animated cartoon that explains both what has happened and where the money is.
The cartoon explains this in a humorous way, take a few minutes to watch it and let me know what you think.
- Bank Robbers and Middle-Class Tax Hikes (freedomoutpost.com)
- Bank Robbers and Middle-Class Tax Hikes (financialsurvivalnetwork.com)