Read about it: A small tax on all financial-market transactions
Checks and balances that could help the people aren't automatically implemented. If a small group of powerful interests don't want you to know about something, it is possible (there's a pattern) they can get away with keeping you in the dark. The Tobin Tax is a good example.
“Tobin Tax has been scorned or ignored by the world’s key financial institutions — and thus by their political and academic minions. The commercial media have also disdained to report or comment on Tobin’s proposal. So much so that, when a major book, The Tobin Tax : Coping With Financial Volatility, was published last year by the prestigious Oxford University Press, it was boycotted by the media because (according to Noam Chomsky ) of pressure exerted by the big American financial institutions, as well as the Clinton administration.” Rodney Schmidt Tobin Tax
Nader makes a good case for it, pointing out that a transaction tax "would certainly raise enough to make the Wall Street crooks and gamblers pay for their own Washington bailout." Also, I support a tax on currency trades across borders. "Called the Tobin Tax after its originator, the late James Tobin, a Nobel laureate economist at Yale University, 10 to 25 cents per hundred dollars of the huge amounts of dollars traded each day across borders would produce from $100 to $300 billion per year."
If anyone wants to help, you can click here for a link to a pdf of the flyer, you can download, print and distribute it. It saves paper because each page has three flyers so you can cut it in thirds to hand out to people: