Archive for March 19th, 2009

Recent Emperor Obama Comments

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Here’s some comments your Emperor made on ESPN sports center:

“Now, for all the Tar Heels who are watching, I picked you last year — you let me down,” Obama said. “This year, don’t embarrass me in front of the nation, all right?”

That’s right Oboe, everything is always all about you…even when it isn’t. Pathetic.

Sen. Dodd Lies About AIG Bonus Then Admits to Adding Provision Protecting Them

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

What else does one expect from our illustrious Democratic controlled congress? Doesn’t surprise me a bit.

In a dramatic reversal Wednesday, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., confessed to adding language to a spending cap in the stimulus bill last month that specifically excluded executive bonuses included in contracts signed before the bill’s passage.

Dodd told FOX News that Treasury officials forced him to make the change.

And the standard way of dealing with lying; blame someone else.

“As many know, the administration was, among others, not happy with the language. They wanted some modifications to it,” he said. “They came to us, our staff, and asked for changes, and the changes at the time did not seem that obnoxious or onerous.”

But the provision has become a flash point for criticism amid the controversy over $165 million in bonuses given out by AIG after securing more than $170 billion in federal aid. The language in the stimulus bill wasn’t specific to AIG, but some have expressed outrage that it appears to have created a loophole.

Dodd said the argument put forward by Treasury was that a “flood of lawsuits” would come forward if the change was not made.

Dodd said he was unaware of the AIG bonuses at the time the bill was being written back in early February. He also said he has no reason to believe Treasury officials making the argument knew about the AIG bonuses.

When asked how administration officials have this kind of leverage over members of Congress, Dodd said, “The administration has veto power. … No one suggested a veto to me, I don’t want to imply that to you. But certainly that’s not an insignificant tool.”

On Tuesday, Dodd told FOX News that he didn’t add the exemption.

“When the language went to the conference and came back, there was different language,” he said then. “I can tell you this much, when my language left the Senate, it did not include it. When it came back, it did.”

Dodd still thinks the Treasury can get the bonuses back, despite the inclusion of a date in the stimulus bill, and he said officials are, in fact, using his very language to claw back the money.

“There is language after that date that says explicitly that the Treasury has the right to modify, reaching back, those bonuses, compensations, if it’s inconsistent with the TARP legislation or contrary to the public interest,” he said.

“In fact, it’s that phrase that the administration is relying on this evening as a means by which they can reach back and maybe get these bonuses back,” he said.

“Senator Dodd’s reversal on this issue is both astonishing and alarming,” the National Republican Senatorial Campaign said in a written statement. “Contrary to his statements and denials over the last 24 hours, Senator Dodd has now admitted that he and his staff did in fact change the language in the stimulus bill to include a loophole for AIG executive bonuses.”

The group added that Dodd had “misled voters and equivocated on his statements .”

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Congress Invites Court Challenge With AIG Taxation Plan

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

You can’t do this, Congress. It’s against the Constitution to levy taxes against a select group of people.
Sorry. You Dems goofed up…now you have to eat the crow.

Lawmakers outraged over the AIG bonuses have told the people who got the money to watch out — the government will get it back one way or the other, even if it means taxing the heck out of their paychecks.

But legal scholars say Congress will have a tough time defending itself in court if it goes down that road.

Not only would Congress be retroactively meddling with contractual agreements, they say, but it would be passing laws that would essentially target a specific group of employees.

Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, said targeting those employees through taxes would invite a valid court challenge.

“It could well trigger years of litigation,” he said. “Just because a company or individual is unpopular does not mean the government can retroactively impose punitive measures against them. … There’s a host of difficult contractual and constitutional and statutory barriers that would have to be overcome by Congress.”

Two of those difficulties, lawyers say, lie in Article I of the U.S. Constitution — a section stating Congress cannot pass any “Bill of Attainder” or “ex post facto” law.

A Bill of Attainder is an act of the legislature that singles out and punishes a group or individual without trial. An ex post facto law retroactively changes the legal consequences of an act.

“It’s a Bill of Attainder. It can’t be done,” Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., told FOX News when asked about proposals in the Senate to tax AIG.

President Obama even warned Wednesday about the possibility of a costly court battle over the $165 million in bonuses.

“We are exploring every possible avenue, as is Congress, to see what we can do. But what we need are tools that allow us not to find ourselves in a situation where we only have two options,” Obama said. “One is to withhold money from AIG that could potentially lead them into a spiral that could affect the entire financial system. Or, on the other hand, having folks get bonuses and at least have the capacity to sue the government and get not only their bonuses but potentially even more out of the legal system.”

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to require AIG to pay back the money to the government and deduct that amount from the $30 billion bailout commitment, as well as subject future bonuses to tough restrictions.

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Explorers On Global Warming Expedition Stranded in North Pole by Cold Weather

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

This is too funny…I mean funny about the global warming expedition being stranded by cold weather. I certainly don’t wish harm on these scientist and hope they are able to continue their journey safely.

Three global warming researchers stranded in the North Pole by cold weather were holding out hope Wednesday as a fourth plane set off in an attempt deliver them supplies.

The flight took off during a break in bad weather after “brutal” conditions halted three previous attempts to reach the British explorers who said they were nearly out of food, the Agence France-Presse reported.

“We’re hungry, the cold is relentless, our sleeping bags are full of ice,” expedition leader Pen Hadow said in e-mailed statement. “Waiting is almost the worst part of an expedition as we’re in the lap of the weather gods.”

Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels began an 85-day hike to the North Pole on February 28 to measure sea ice thickness, the AFP reported.

With bad weather hampering supply flights, the team is was down to half-rations, battling desperate sub-zero temperatures and unable to proceed, the AFP reported.

“It’ll be a relief to get our new supplies,” Hadow said in a statement Wednesday. “Until (the plane) does arrive, we need to conserve energy and can’t really move on.”

The expedition now expects to arrive at the North Pole in late May.

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Why Didn’t You Elect the Teleprompter Instead of Obama?

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Obama seems to be completely unable to utter a single comprehensive sentence, in public, without the aid of a teleprompter. Any time it messes up, Obama bumbles around like an uneducated bumpkin. Y’all called Bush “dumb”, well, maybe you need to reexamine that mantra in light of Obama’s speaking skills, or the lack thereof, as the case seems to be.
It makes me wonder if all you folks who voted for Obama didn’t just vote for the teleprompter instead.

A teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick’s Day celebration.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.

It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: “That’s your speech.”

A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the “teleprompt president” over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.

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Pro-Lifers’ Sting Tags More AZ Abortion Clinics – Officials Ignore Crime

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

These brave young people are doing the job the Arizona law enforcement officials should be doing. When an abortion mill breaks the law, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Lila Rose of Live Action, who posed as a teenager along with another young woman, told [Planned Parenthood] workers that she had been impregnated by a 27-year-old man — information that the workers essentially ignored. She explains that this latest video “shows the fourth and the fifth Planned Parenthood clinic covering up the sexual abuse of a very young girl — in this case a 15-year-old girl.” Both of the clinics are located in Phoenix, Arizona. (See YouTube video of visits to Phoenix clinics)

Arizona law requires that the appropriate authorities be contacted if an adult-child relationship is revealed. Rose argues that is not happening at these clinics. “Employees are deliberately neglecting their legal obligation to report sexual abuse in these cases, and instead [are] offering these secret and illegal abortions,” she states.

Rose also conducted an undercover probe with the same results at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Tucson and turned the videos over to the state attorney general and district attorney of Pima County — but she has heard nothing stemming from that February probe.

“At this time no public statement has been made from the county attorney’s office in Pima County in regards to the sexual abuse cover-up at the Tucson clinic,” says the college-age pro-life activist.

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“The Rebelution – A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations”

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

This morning, I ran across a highly refreshing website.

Called “The Rebelution”, it is hailed as site to promote “a teenage rebellion against low expectations”. Let me quote from their About page:

“The official definition of the ‘rebelution’ is “a teenage rebellion against low expectations.” When you look around today, our culture does not expect much of us young people. We are not only expected to do very little that is wise or good, but we’re expected to do the opposite. Our media-saturated youth culture is constantly reinforcing lower and lower standards and expectations.

The word ‘rebelution’ is a combination of the words “rebellion” and “revolution.” So it carries a sense of an uprising against social norms. But in this case, it’s not a rebellion against God-established authority, but against the low expectations of our society. It’s a refusal to be defined by our ungodly, rebellious, and apathetic culture. Actually, we like to think of it as rebelling against rebellion.

And it’s exciting, because the Rebelution has become a type of counter-cultural youth movement among young people from around the world, who are not only rejecting the lies of popular youth culture, but they’re returning to biblical and historical levels of character and competence.

In 1 Timothy 4:12, the Apostle Paul tells Timothy, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” In other words, as young people we are called to be exemplary in all areas of life. Our generation is falling incredibly short of that calling. Instead of serving as the launching pad of life, the teen years are seen as a vacation from responsibility. We call it the “myth of adolescence.” And the Rebelution is all about busting that myth.

Our battle cry is just three words, but it’s an explosive concept: Do Hard Things. That’s it. And “do hard things” is a mentality. It’s a mentality that flies right in the face of low expectations. The world says, “You’re young, have fun!” It tells us to “obey your thirst” and “just do it.” Or it tells us, “You’re great! You don’t need to exert yourself.” But those kinds of mindsets sabotage character and competence.

Do Hard Things is just the opposite. It’s how we build character and competence. It won’t drop to meet the low expectations, it won’t just do what comes easily, and it won’t become complacent. It applies no matter who you are or what level you’re on, because there’s always something harder to do, something that will take you outside your comfort zone and cause you to grow.

The Rebelution is made up of three fundamental parts. We’ve talked about character and competence. The third is collaboration. It’s not enough for us to be individual exceptions. We have to create a counterculture. We do that is by networking and encouraging one another in our common cause. That’s what the Rebelution has become. When you have a community of young people committed to doing hard things for the glory of God and the good of others, that’s an incredibly powerful thing.”

Take a moment to see what these motivated young people are all about.

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“Why Is Jesus Waiting?” by Nathan E. Jones

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

As a Christian watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus to fulfill His promise of returning to Earth to set up His kingdom of peace, love and righteousness, I keep an eye on world events to discern the biblical signs that foretell of that blessed Second Coming. And so, day after day after day I peruse an endless list of news stories in search of those signs. They are very easy to find, but in the search I also discover that the world is filled with horror. That horror can stamp out any glimmer of hope.

Like standing stalwart against the crashing surf, all these constant updates on how bad the world is can eventually erode a person down. Each morning’s wakeup has become tinged with a subtle dread of knowing that I’ll have to hear about some injustice, atrocity or murder. My corporate prayer times are filled with reports of moral collapse and further acts that persecute believers in Christ and take the life of the innocent. My personal prayer times seem to more and more address the consequences of man’s inhumanity to man. And worse, I gaze at my children and feel a deep sadness that they will not experience the earthly opportunities and freedoms that the American dream had once provided.

On top of all the terrible news of today, as a student of Bible prophecy I’m also laden with the knowledge of the future horrors of tomorrow. The human institutions of justice created to uphold moral law that so many have bled to establish have been corrupted and will disintegrate into a totalitarian regime ruled by a megalomaniac world leader. Within a few short years, three quarters of the world’s population are going to be annihilated by nuclear war, raging famine, deadly pestilence and mass death. Freedom of religion will be stamped out. Those who call Christ “Savior” will be hunted like deer and exterminated. The world will visibly be in the grip of the cruel and merciless Prince of this Age — Satan.

And how do I cope with all this badness in the world and the knowledge to come? Initially, my lunch breaks have shifted from Channel 8 news to pre-recordings of American Idol, and from late night surfing of the news sites to Netflix. The wars I can control are played out in Command & Conquer games. But, these escapisms are only fleeting respites.

Why Jesus is Waiting

Honest coping — coping that heals the soul — finally arrives when one truly understands why Jesus is waiting to return, allowing the evil in the world to rage on in the meantime. The key to that understanding lies in 2 Peter 3:9 which reads, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

The verse teaches that Jesus waits because not everyone who will accept Him as Savior during the present Church Age has yet done so.

Responding

I could get mad, and probably in moments of weakness have, that I’m saved and am all set to go. Bring it on!

But, what if Jesus had come back the day before I had accepted Him as Savior? What if Jesus was to return before your spouse, your child, your parents or best friend have accepted Him, leaving them to experience the wrath He has promised to let loose in judgment upon the whole world? Those questions put my anxiousness for His return into true perspective.

That Jesus hasn’t returned yet is amazingly a mercy. The world is in a sorry state of affairs because mankind’s free will and Satan’s moment of ruling have made it so. But, to have the opportunity to be rescued from our sin and be granted eternal life by the true King of the Universe, the King who one day WILL fulfill His promises of destroying all evil and establishing His perfect kingdom… well, that life-saving chance is far too important when compared to our present limited time of suffering.

Jesus loves us, and I love Him for being so merciful. He is patient in returning because He wants everyone to have the opportunity to come to repentance and choose Jesus as Savior. Fortified with that knowledge, I think my day just got a whole lot brighter!

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New Homeland Security Chief Ushers in an Era of Political Correctness

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Janet Napolitano, The Chosen One’s [Emperor Obama I. -ed] selection for Secretary of Homeland Security, recently gave an interview to the German online version of Der Spiegel, in which she kow-towed to the First Rule of the Party Line: “Evil shall never be called by its true name.” In the interview, Napolitano stated that neither she nor presumably her underlings will, in the future, use the term “terrorism” to describe that which normal people–thus excluding most Obots–would identify as the wide spectrum of deadly mechanisms being used by Islamist jihadists against everyday Americans.

Because she never used the word “terrorism” in her testimony before the Senate last week, Napolitano was asked in the interview: “Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?”

Her response: “Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word ‘terrorism,’ I referred to ‘man-caused’ disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”

Napolitano’s blurb is tantamount to asserting, for example, that “peace through strength” had nothing to do with the winning of the Cold War and that preparing for “all risks that can occur” properly includes the danger of invigorating and emboldening our enemies with the sweet, faintly almond fragrance of appeasement.

Neville Chamberlain would be proud. By whispering sweet nothings into the ears of the cave-dwellers who so desperately want the sever the head of western civilization, we can finally have peace in our day.

The laissez-faire, pillow-talk foreign policy approach of the Obama administration aside, some things simply do not compute. The hijacking and intentional piloting of three civilian aircraft into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon are merely “man-caused disasters?” Semantic gymnastics on this order would tie the most talented of Orwellian linguists into knots.

Henceforth, pursuant to Napolitano’s surreal spin on reality, that fellow who confronts you in the parking lot, points a Glock at your head and demands the contents of your wallet will not be deemed a “robber.” Instead, he must be referred to in politically correct terminology as an “involuntary wealth re-distributor.” A Muslim jihadist who boards a subway train and detonates himself along with a few hundred other travelers will now be deemed to be a “mass transit interrupter.” Kinda like those guys did in Madrid and London.

This, Virginia, is the species of intellectual claptrap which now characterizes the mindset of the head of the federal agency charged with the duty to provide “security” for the “homeland.” Sleep tight, America.

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Pelosi Tells Illegal Immigrants That Work Site Raids are Un-American

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

No, Pelosi, what is Un-American is you encouraging people to break our laws.

EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently told a group of both legal and illegal immigrants and their families that enforcement of existing immigration laws, as currently practiced, is “un-American.”

The speaker, condemning raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, referred to the immigrants she was addressing as “very, very patriotic.”

“Who in this country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families?” Pelosi told a mostly Hispanic gathering at St. Anthony’s Church in San Francisco.

“It must be stopped….What value system is that? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.”

Pelosi said she was invited to the church by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., as part of his 17-city, cross-country tour called United Families, which he says is intended to put a human face on the immigration debate.

“We think that families are the cornerstone of our society and our nation, and an immigration system should preserve those families, not destroy them,” Gutierrez told FOX News Capitol Hill Producer Chad Pergram on Tuesday.

The congressman is collecting petitions that ask President Obama to “stop the immigration raids and deportations that are tearing our marriages, families and children apart.” He is expected to present those petitions when Hispanic members of Congress meet with the President Wednesday.

On Saturday night, Pelosi joined Gutierrez before a cheering crowd at St. Anthony’s chanting, “Si se puede,” or “Yes we can.”

Referring to work site enforcement actions by ICE agents, Pelosi said, “We have to have a change in policy and practice and again … I can’t say enough, the raids must end. The raids must end.

“You are special people. You’re here on a Saturday night to take responsibility for our country’s future. That makes you very, very patriotic.”

“I was embarrassed by what she said,” said Rick Oltman, with Californians for Population Stabilization, an anti-illegal immigrant group. “Exhorting illegal aliens for taking responsibility for our country’s future…. In fact, sitting there in the audience…. I really resented that comment.”

“I think it was pandering to the crowd but also insulting to American citizens who consider themselves to be patriotic, who obey the rule of law,” said Oltman, who shot a video of the rally.

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“Lesson from AIG: Time to Stop the Bailout Stampede” by Trent Franks

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The doublespeak coming from leading Congressional Democrats and the Obama Administration has reached new heights this week. Taxpayers are rightfully outraged at reports that after financing hundreds of billions in federal bailouts, they are now also footing the bill for AIG executives receiving $165 million in retention pay and “performance-based” bonuses– when many of these same executives are responsible for putting AIG in its untenable position in the first place.

The Administration is likewise expressing outrage over the AIG bonus payments, but this of course comes after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs assured the American people that the Administration knew how every dime AIG had received thus far had been spent. The White House continues to offer no explanation for the fact that these bonus contracts were on the books well before the most recent plan to award the struggling financial conglomerate with another $30 billion was announced.

To be clear, American taxpayers have financed AIG’s bad investment and management decisions not once, but three times: first a $60 billion loan, then $50 billion to buy toxic assets, and then $40 billion to buy preferred shares of stock. And now, another $30 billion installment from the second half of TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Funds) approved earlier this year.

Then, Monday night, after most of the AIG bonuses had already been disbursed, Democrats began calling for a tax on the AIG executives who had received these hefty bonuses. Yet only a month ago, when the Senate considered the $787 billion stimulus bill, Senate Democrats passed an amendment by Senator Chris Dodd providing an exception for “contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009.” That is, Senator Dodd and other Democrat leaders who are decrying the outrageousness of exorbitant executive bonuses were the very ones to guarantee that the bonus checks would be written.

Senator Dodd arguably wields more influence over the banking industry than any other Member of the U.S. Senate, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. According to opensecrets.com, Senator Dodd was AIG’s largest single recipient of campaign donations during the 2008 election cycle; and one of AIG’s largest offices is based in Connecticut. The connection is stark: the Senator from Connecticut ensured executives were allowed to receive their exorbitant bonuses even at the expense of American people struggling to pay their bills and keep their homes.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that both the elected and appointed Democratic leaders at the helm of the world’s largest financial ship of state, responsible for navigating us out of a spiraling economic crisis, have forfeited the common sense and commitment to the principles of a free market — the most basic of which is the freedom of business to succeed and the freedom to fail — which have formed America’s economic compass for over two hundred years.

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ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

It’s not enough that Emperor Obama is going to “oversee” the next census, now he’s going to let his cronies take part in it. So much for an accurate, non-biased, non-political census. Say “Good-Bye” to freedom, America.

The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year’s count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States — currently believed to be more than 306 million people.

A U.S. Census “sell sheet,” an advertisement used to recruit national partners, says partnerships with groups like ACORN “play an important role in making the 2010 Census successful,” including by “help[ing] recruit census workers.”

The bureau is currently employing help from more than 250 national partners, including TARGET and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), to assist in the hiring effort.

But ACORN’s partnership with the 2010 Census is worrisome to lawmakers who say past allegations of fraud should raise concerns about the organization.

“It’s a concern, especially when you look at all the different charges of voter fraud. And it’s not just the lawmakers’ concern. It should be the concern of every citizen in the country,” Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., vice ranking member of the subcommittee for the U.S. Census, told FOXNews.com. “We want an enumeration. We don’t want to have any false numbers.”

ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group’s activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson told FOXNews.com that “ACORN as an organization has not been charged with any crime.” He added that fears that the organization will unfairly influence the census are unfounded.

“It will be the Census Bureau that determines the role and scope of its 300 national partners. ACORN is committed to a fair and accurate count,” Levenson said.

Yeah, right…whatever!!

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“The Kabuki Theater of AIG Outrage” by Michelle Malkin

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

All the world’s a stage, wrote Shakespeare, and in the world of Washington, the curtains have opened on the most elaborate farce of the year. Welcome, taxpayers, to the Kabuki Theater of AIG Outrage — where D.C.’s histrionic enablers of taxpayer-funded corporate bailouts compete for Best Performance of Hypocritical Indignation.

Over the weekend, cloaked in their finest populist costumes, the Beltway’s hair-sprayed and powdered politicians and White House aides took to the airwaves to inveigh against $165 million in employee retention payments made by the government-backed insurance giant. Those bennies were reportedly part of a larger $450 million round of bonuses. After subpoenaing AIG, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo informed Congress that 73 employees in the very division responsible for the financial meltdown received bonuses of $1 million or more — 11 of whom left the company after getting the cash to retain them.

The checks were mailed Friday, but the March 15 bonus deadline had been on the Capitol Hill radar screen since December — when Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings released a letter to AIG CEO Edward Liddy that noted: “Without taxpayer intervention, AIG would have ceased to exist and, to be blunt, all of its employees would have lost their jobs. Against this background — and given the massive layoffs occurring at other major financial entities, such as Citibank — the American taxpayers have a right to know why senior executives at AIG, who are frankly lucky to still have jobs, need to receive additional bonus payments of any kind to retain them at AIG.”

But it wasn’t until last week that the hapless court jester of the Obama administration, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, scrambled to rein in the payments. Liddy basically told him to buzz off. Geithner, the primary architect of the original $85 billion AIG bailout last fall, “reluctantly” approved the bonuses anyway. And now his outraged boss has ordered him to scour every legal nook and cranny possible to get the money back.

Spare me President Obama’s finger wag. He’s “outraged”? Meh. Two weeks ago, Team Obama forked over another $30 billion for the basket-case company after it reported $61.7 billion in fourth-quarter losses. That’s on top of the first $85 billion round and the second $38 billion round under Bush — both of which Obama supported. (Obama, by the way, collected more than $101,000 in AIG campaign contributions.) Don’t talk to me about how the Obama administration opposes rewarding failure.

And don’t talk to me about all the politicians stampeding to tax AIG’s bonuses. Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, the corporate crony who is the largest recipient of AIG donations, is now leading the charge to tax the retention payments in order to recoup the $450 million the company is paying to employees in its financial products unit.

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