Willie Sutton

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


5 thoughts on “Willie Sutton

  1. I doubt that this is the answer you are looking for, but here goes. This just into my email box: “The Koch Brothers have spent over $200 million on groups supporting the government shutdown.” ~ 350.org
    I am constantly amazed at how conservatives can see suffering and ignore it or even laugh at it. Thanks to the internet, we can all see the suffering going on globally and the attacks on the foundations of our country and the very earth itself. I read an article online earlier this year published by Mother Jones which I copied and saved. It’s on “neural plasticity” and the neurological basis for the often vast differences between Democrats & Republicans. Sounds daunting, but I found it very readable and enlightening. Here it is. I’d welcome feedback positive or negative. Turns out there is a physiological explanation for why these two groups see things so differently.


    • Lesley, yes the Heritage foundation, the Mackinac center and others like the Koch brothers have been very successful in their efforts at convincing many Americans that the economic suffering is caused by feeding the poor and/or providing healthcare to the elderly and other humanitarian actions. This post is just my feeble attempt at showing some that the economic woes of this country should be placed on the shoulders of those that actually created it. Hedge-fund managers paying lower tax rates than first responders is just one example of what I am talking about. I may have already read your link but will check it out now.
      thanks for your reply.


      • Judging from the polls, I think that people have gotten it. Those who haven’t probably never will. Sadly, the politicians holding things up don’t care about the people. Most of them are from secure districts anyway. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Did you read about the beefing up of Homeland Security and increase in orders for weaponry and ammunition? Scary.


      • Yes the polls. however like you say gerrymandered districts have all but eliminated the voice of the people. Beefing up Homeland Security and increase in orders for weaponry and ammunition while being scary is also a positive sign. They did something along those lines when occupywallstreet hit the news. Someone is getting the message, hopefully this will not come to bashing of heads and we can achieve a peaceful return to power to the people but, i have met people in the occupy movement that have offered up their heads in order to get out goals met.


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