March 18th, 2009


Gee, maybe they should have read it...

The Obamessiah is ranting about AIG bonuses--but the stimulus bill, that absolutely had to be rushed through so quickly nobody had a chance to read it, turns out to include the following, courtesy of "friend of Angelo" Chris Dodd (D-CT):

From page H1412 of the Final Stimulus Bill, “SEC. 111. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE:

'(iii) The prohibition required under clause (i) shall not be construed to prohibit any bonus payment required to be paid pursuant to a written employment contract executed on or before February 11, 2009, as such valid employment contracts are determined by the Secretary or the designee of the Secretary.”   

This amendment provides an exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009, which exempts the very AIG bonuses Obama is condemning every single chance he gets. The amendment is in the final version and is law.

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From the Washington Post

This article on the infamous AIG bonuses.

Points of interest:
  • "AIG disclosed its retention-payment program more than a year ago, and the amount of the bonuses -- more than $400 million for Financial Products alone -- had been widely reported." [Curiously, just now on the TV I hear that Tim "tax evader" Geithner only heard about the bonuses this past weekend.]
  • "At the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which has directly overseen AIG since its federal takeover in September, officials have studied the possibility of rescinding or delaying the bonuses. They even brought in outside lawyers for advice. The conclusion: If the bonuses weren't paid, the AIG staffers would be able to sue the company and probably would win, not just what they were owed but also punitive damages that would make the ultimate cost perhaps two to three times as high as the bonuses themselves."
  • "The senior executives whose decisions caused the company's collapse are long gone. Most of those left behind are trying to unwind complicated derivative contracts. Completing that process correctly is essential to preserving as much value as possible for taxpayers, officials at both the government and AIG have argued. If it is mishandled, it could expose taxpayers to billions of dollars in additional losses."
So... now, after all that, and despite the stimulus bill explicitly protecting those bonuses thanks to Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Obama is whipping people into a frenzy.  (And unfortunately, he's not alone; Senator Grassley shoved his foot far into his mouth.) People at AIG are receiving death threats, and some have resigned or just stopped showing up.

I wonder when Mr. Obama will deviate into competence.

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