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    Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Lawrence Tribe, who was Barack Obama's constitutional adviser during his campain, has just come out with something very interesting about Obama's plan to levy a 90% tax on corporate bonuses, and his argument makes a lot of sense. He says that it could very well be unconstitutional. He rationalizes this thought by pointing out that it would amount to a bill of attainder, which the Constitution outlaws.

    It makes enough sense to me that, although I am really pissed about screwups getting those bonuses, I have to agree that Obama does not have the legal right to tax them, as it, according to Tribe, legislates punishment for an identifiable class. Obama may be in a lot of political hot water, should he decide to continue to push this provision.

    What does everyone else think?

    Article is here.
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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Obama has a degree in law, has lectured about constitutional law, and now a former advisor on the said matter is saying it's unconstitutional.

    Obviously Obama is more concerned with forcing his own agenda on us, than respecting the constitution.
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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    if Obama doesn't know he is pushing unconstitutional legislation
    what chance did dubya have of detecting it?

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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJayH View Post
    if Obama doesn't know he is pushing unconstitutional legislation
    what chance did dubya have of detecting it?
    I'm not so sure this is obamas legislation.

    If constitutional scholars are waffling on this i'm thinking we'd need a trial to know for sure.

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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    The thing that scares me about this bonus is not whether it is unconstitutional or not, but if the government can tax 90% on the bonus of people making over 250k, then who else can they tax at...90%?

    That being said, I do think that since THIS ENTIRE MESS has been handled rather...poorly? If the executives of AIG indeed did know about this entire mess before hand, than shouldn't there be a trial in the first place? I think a court trial could very well, if not solve our problems, share a LOT of light on it.

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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    The thing that scares me about this bonus is not whether it is unconstitutional or not, but if the government can tax 90% on the bonus of people making over 250k, then who else can they tax at...90%?

    That being said, I do think that since THIS ENTIRE MESS has been handled rather...poorly? If the executives of AIG indeed did know about this entire mess before hand, than shouldn't there be a trial in the first place? I think a court trial could very well, if not solve our problems, share a LOT of light on it.
    If I'm not mistaken Geithner knew about this at least a month ago.

    Says a lot about the governments outrage.
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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If I'm not mistaken Geithner knew about this at least a month ago.

    Says a lot about the governments outrage.
    All I know is, someone did something wrong, it's just a matter of whom. I think a little investigation and a trial should clear most everything.

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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    All I know is, someone did something wrong, it's just a matter of whom. I think a little investigation and a trial should clear most everything.
    Posted a story from the wall street journal. Some of Geithner's aids where working in and around AIG as well as he himself.
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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Lawrence Tribe, who was Barack Obama's constitutional adviser during his campain, has just come out with something very interesting about Obama's plan to levy a 90% tax on corporate bonuses, and his argument makes a lot of sense. He says that it could very well be unconstitutional. He rationalizes this thought by pointing out that it would amount to a bill of attainder, which the Constitution outlaws.

    It makes enough sense to me that, although I am really pissed about screwups getting those bonuses, I have to agree that Obama does not have the legal right to tax them, as it, according to Tribe, legislates punishment for an identifiable class. Obama may be in a lot of political hot water, should he decide to continue to push this provision.

    What does everyone else think?

    Article is here.

    I think it was Congress that passed the bill and I hope that Obama has the sense to veto it even though a veto will negatively effect his PR.

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    Re: Law Professor Who Advised Obama Says House AIG Bill May Be Unconstitutional

    Tribe needs to make up his damn mind.

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