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The big debate: AIG executive bonuses

‘Obama blasts AIG’s bonuses . . . as he gives them a big bailout stimulus package.’ – saladfork

An AIG office building in New York City.

An AIG office building in New York City.

The story: President Obama expresses outrage that insurance giant AIG, after taking more than $180 billion in a government bailout, now is doling out $165 million in bonuses to the executives who drove it into the ground. Obama wants “every legal avenue” used to stop the bonuses.

Your take: Oh sure, now Obama questions AIG’s actions, after already giving it billions in tax dollars. Let’s wage a Washington tea party revolt!

Citing a WorldNetDaily headline on Americans mobilizing with more than 150 “tea parties,” mustberight urges, “Opportunity to protest: e-mail asking send one tea bag to White House – 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. Let’s do it!”

Agrees 1967, “He and other elected representatives are entirely responsible for this. Why must he blame working Americans that had a contract, fulfilled their obligations and met their goals? Because he is weak, self-centered and totally incompetent.”

leftfield counters: “I think it’s a bit of a stretch to characterize the AIG executives as having ‘met their goals,’ unless their goal was to throw a monkey wrench into the world economy.”

But rattwo brings a whole new view. “Obama wants you to hate the guys he bailed out,” rattwo says. “(Treasury Secretary Timothy) Geithner wrote the bailout and never expected Rubin and pals to make them look bad. Looks like it’s back to business as usual, class warfare.”

Adds Towken1, “Obama is NOT Jesus. Jesus was a carpenter, and knew how to build a CABINET!!”

But CWthe1st questions such critics: “Obama seems irate at the bonuses for those that have bled the system dry. . . . What do you want?”


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