After making the move from CNBC where he hosted a stock-picking show called Fast Money, Ratigan became an outspoken critic of banks that are “too big to fail” and politicians who are in bed with those banks and special interests, depending on the flow of money from them which influence their actions in government. He crusaded for job creation, banking reform and campaign finance reform tirelessly and loudly.
When he announced in the summer of 2012 that he would be parting company with the network, Ratigan said:
“Once you’ve said your piece, you can either keep saying it — and then it’s a job, good job, pays well, everybody knows your name, it’s great — or you can decide what you’re going to do about it.”
“And the answer is, I don’t know. But I do know, in order to figure it out, I have to dismount.”
In this video clip reminiscent of the “I’m mad as hell” speech given by Peter Finch as anchor man Howard Beale in the 1976 film “Network,” Ratigan pulls out all the stops when shouting at his panel of guests telling them who the villains are, blaming both Republicans and Democrats who have colluded with big business and big banking to rape the American people and economy.
Watch below as his panel sits, for the most part in shocked silence, as Ratigan tells it like it was then…and still is today.