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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    No. The idea of creating absurd additional taxes pulled out of your ass for a particular group of people in order to hijack money you gave them outright would be just more obscenity. The time to deal with the bonuses would have been before any bailout money was handed over. Congress knows and understands this. All the outrage by members of congress on tv and the radio currently is completely fabricated for our benefit.
    You do realize that it was the Bush Administration and his Treasury Department that were vehemently opposed to any sort of caps on executive pay as a condition of receiving government bailouts.

    The argument out of the treasury department at the time was that salary caps would dissuade companies in need of assistance from getting it.
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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    More drivel.

    Tell us about Senator Dodd's removal of the specific clause of the contract that forbade bonuses to AIG execs.
    Better yet, since you seem to know so much about it, why don't YOU tell us all about it?

    Oh wait, you mean Dodd wasn't the one who removed it? Better luck next time.

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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    Nor do I. But your anger is pointed at the wrong people.
    So we shouldn't be pissed that the people in the branch that caused AIG's problems, needing taxpayer bail out money, instead we should give them their performance or retention bonus or whatever they are trying to call it today, and be angry with Congress instead... How about we get angry at both?



    The issue is congress. Obama is trying to make the issue these different people who received bonuses despite their company failing. Well AIG also gave money to Obama. Why doesn't he give that back???? See how stupid it gets.
    No, not really, do you have a link proving that AIG gave money to the Presidents CAMPAIGN?

    The problem isn't a corporation giving bonuses to it's employees. The bonuses were contractually agreed upon. If Congress didn't want the AIG people to get their bonuses they should have placed explicit conditions on the bail out funds.
    So you don't think the UAW should have re-negotiated it's contracts either huh?

    The truth is they knew, they didn't care, and now they are using AIG bonuses as a scapegoat to distract from the larger issues. Their aim is to point your anger in another direction vs where it should be; on them. Their defense is absurd. Basically, "We're stupid and we gave them lots of money and we didn't read the fine print cause we're morons so be mad at the big mean corporation, not us."
    The truth is, another big mean company stole a ****load of money, couldn't pay it back, begged for the gov. to bail them out, took the money and paid down their debts to foreign companies, gave million dollar bonuses to the very shmucks that caused the problem and wants more money.

    I remember seeing the jerkoff who founded AIG on Charlie Rose the day before he was going to go to Congress and beg them to bail out AIG (the first time) and he swore up and down that AIG was perfectly solvent and that all they needed was a little cash to get them over a hump and then everything would be fine, that was 4 bailouts ago. More bull**** from the corporatists.

    Either way Congress is at fault. I don't see the benefit in their pretending to be outraged and fooled. How exactly is, "We're dumb and dumber," better than we're "lying crooks who don't give a rats ass about the American people as much as we care about completely re-organizing America to suit our agenda.?"
    Do you hold these ****ing corporate cheats responsible for anything?

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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slippery Slope View Post
    Better yet, since you seem to know so much about it, why don't YOU tell us all about it?

    Oh wait, you mean Dodd wasn't the one who removed it?
    Suuuure it wasn't.

    While the Senate was constructing the $787 billion stimulus last month, Dodd added an executive-compensation restriction to the bill. The provision, now called “the Dodd Amendment” by the Obama Administration provides an “exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009” -- which exempts the very AIG bonuses Dodd and others are now seeking to tax.
    Amid AIG Furor, Dodd Tries to Undo Bonus Protections in the 'Dodd Amendment' Rules - FOXBusiness.com

    And then:

    "Separately, Sen. Dodd was AIG’s largest single recipient of campaign donations during the 2008 election cycle with $103,100, according to opensecrets.org."
    The bulk of Dodd's AIG money during the just completed campaign season came from about a dozen AIG executives.
    If Dodd had an (R) next to his name, you;d be frothing at the mouth for his head.

    Oh and hey, look at this:

    AIG's contributions to Dodd outpace the financial firm's $101,000 contribution to President Barack Obama's election bid.
    Dodd to give back AIG contributions - The Connecticut Post Online

    Oh, but none of -that- means anything. Right?
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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slippery Slope View Post
    So we shouldn't be pissed that the people in the branch that caused AIG's problems, needing taxpayer bail out money, instead we should give them their performance or retention bonus or whatever they are trying to call it today, and be angry with Congress instead... How about we get angry at both?
    You should be angry at both. But you should also realize congress sold you down the river knowingly and they are now feigning outrage for your benefit. And you should keep in perspective the fact that this bonus money in question is a tiny piece of the monstrous blank check. The real question is, given this, what's happening with the rest of it? It just pains me to see people falling for the distraction tactics.

    No, not really, do you have a link proving that AIG gave money to the Presidents CAMPAIGN?
    ABC News: Will Obama, McCain, Dodd Return Contributions From AIG Employees?

    So you don't think the UAW should have re-negotiated it's contracts either huh?
    I think the question would be why does the UAW have to when AIG did not? Why did the government just hand AIG a big check and only pretend after wards to be flabbergasted about how it was spent?

    The truth is, another big mean company stole a ****load of money, couldn't pay it back, begged for the gov. to bail them out, took the money and paid down their debts to foreign companies, gave million dollar bonuses to the very shmucks that caused the problem and wants more money.
    Right, but who has the power to give your money away? And how quickly did they sell you down the river without conditions? And how stupid is it that they are now playing dumb?

    I remember seeing the jerkoff who founded AIG on Charlie Rose the day before he was going to go to Congress and beg them to bail out AIG (the first time) and he swore up and down that AIG was perfectly solvent and that all they needed was a little cash to get them over a hump and then everything would be fine, that was 4 bailouts ago. More bull**** from the corporatists.
    Ultimately it is our government that is responsible for this mess. Doesn't matter how much you hate corporations; the hatred is ineffective if the anger is targeted at the wrong people.

    Let's say you know a scumbag. Let's say you elect John Doe to take care of your money and spend it wisely. Let's say John Doe gives the money to the scumbag you hate with no conditions? Then you get pissed and John Doe claims, "Yes, that greedy scumbag fooled me. I hadn't a clue what he was going to do with your money when I gave it to him."

    Who are you gonna be mad at? Who is most responsible? Is the problem that the scumbag is a scumbag or is the problem that you entrusted John Doe with your money and John Doe is clearly either a liar or an idiot?

    Do you hold these ****ing corporate cheats responsible for anything?
    Sure. But the duty of the protection and lawful efficient use of my tax payer dollars is Congress. I have zero power, nor do I want it, to go in and start mandating how corporations run their business. However I do have some power over who sits in Congress and who doesn't. So in order for my anger to be constructive it has to be targeted in the right direction.

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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slippery Slope View Post
    Better yet, since you seem to know so much about it, why don't YOU tell us all about it?

    Oh wait, you mean Dodd wasn't the one who removed it? Better luck next time.
    Oh wait! What's this??

    Chris Dodd AIG admission: Senator says he helped adjust bill to allow bonuses
    March 19, 2009
    HARTFORD, Conn. — Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) suffered a political blow Wednesday with the admission that he had been involved in key legislative changes that helped pave the way for AIG to pay controversial bonuses.

    In a retreat from earlier statements, Dodd said Treasury Department officials had come to him last month urging him to modify an amendment to the stimulus bill that capped bonuses for firms receiving aid.
    Chris Dodd AIG admission: Senator says he helped adjust bill to allow bonuses -- chicagotribune.com

    That's OK, Slippery -- I don't expect you to admit that I was right.

    Better luck next time.

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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    As for those that want to tax these bonuses...

    Bill of attainder:
    An act of the legislature that inflicts punishment on an individual or group without a judicial trial.

    Seems to me the Constitution says something about this.

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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Two senators, a Democrat and Republican, proposed a plan to tax the the bonuses given to executives of companies that received bailout money.

    Read more here:

    Senators announce plan to tax bonuses - CNN.com

    What do you think?
    No in the sense that bonuses should be taxed no more than what they are usually taxed.
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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Oh wait! What's this??



    Chris Dodd AIG admission: Senator says he helped adjust bill to allow bonuses -- chicagotribune.com

    That's OK, Slippery -- I don't expect you to admit that I was right.

    Better luck next time.
    I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong, regardless of who is right. You're simply projecting.

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    Re: Executive Bonuses Taxed?

    No. As others have stated, if the government did not make a mistake(bailouts) in the first place, there would be no need to attempt to fix anything(executive bonuses).
    "An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi

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