For the past 20 or so years we have banked at WAMU. They held the mortgage on our home and serviced our checking and savings accounts. I'm not a big fan of banks in general, but WAMU always did a good job in an atmosphere of friendliness. We were always called by name, the tellers were bright and cheerful, and the management bent over backwards to serve it's customers.
Now we bank at Chase, not because we chose to, but because it bought out WAMU. As I've reported before, the first thing our little branch in Post Falls, ID did after becoming Chase was to gut the interior and completely remodel. I suggested to the bank manager, who is one of the only faces I recognize since the takeover, perhaps that wasn't a good use of "our" money since the old decor was quite lovely. He explained, with what to me appeared to be some embarrassment, that Chase wanted all it's branches to "look alike", as if that would somehow make the bank function better.
The new decor is ugly and cold, the familiar faces are gone, replaced by young girls with attitudes who are clearly incompetent, and no one knows our name anymore. Now I find out that Chase is a big supporter of ACORN, an organization determined to destroy, or as Obama and his wife always say, "fundamentally transform" America.
This week we will be interviewing local banks and moving our accounts, and possibly refinancing our home. Does Chase care? I doubt it, since we're just small potato folks. But if enough small potato folks start making some of their decisions based on their belief systems, we could possibly see a difference in the way some businesses run. As Glenn Beck is always saying, "you must know who you are and what you believe in."
Sad to say, but in the past even the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), a group that holds no real authority and IMHO should be disbanded, has donated to ACORN. When this was brought to light, many people refused to donate to their local diocesan annual drives (as did we), and ACORN was taken off their charity list.
NewsReal Blog: Bailed Out JPMorgan Chase Funds ACORN
And if you're not too sure about ACORN and how dangerous of an organization it really is, here a "must read" on Discover the Networks. org.