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Obama/Dems to Be Blamed for AIG Bonus Scandal?
Political-Machine ^ | Mar 18th 2009 9:09PM | Matt Lewis

Posted on 03/20/2009 10:40:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

"AIG is Obama's 'Katrina' -- in terms of an example of government's failure -- and the failure of presidential leadership."

... That's according to former Ohio Secretary of State and Family Research Council Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell.

Clearly the AIG bonus story has spurred a huge populist backlash -- building on angst which had previously only been manifest during the Santelli rant -- and subsequent tea parties.

But anger over the AIG bailout appears to be just now reaching fever pitch, and it is starting to look like the bonus scandal may be laid solely at the feet of Democrats (they are quickly moving to get tough with AIG, forcing people to pay back the bonus money, but it is becoming clear that some key Democratic leaders were aware of the bonuses before they were paid).

And because Republicans -- who do not control the presidency or either house of congress -- were excluded from the hastily-written stimulus bill, they can hardly be blamed for the bonuses being paid.

President Obama, of course, promised during the campaign that he wouldn't sign anything unless it had been online for five days. "If this had been followed, business experts would have had time to review the bill, and we could have, perhaps, avoided this catastrophe. But President Obama broke his word, and now we are all stuck with paying this bill," added Blackwell.

Blackwell believes the AIG bonus scandal has the potential to devastate Obama's first term, just as President Bush's mishandling of Katrina devastated his second term. "And just as President Bush had his point man, Michael Brown, President Obama has his point-man,

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; aig; aigbonuses; blame; obama
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, said Blackwell.


1 posted on 03/20/2009 10:40:29 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: All

Next step for Obama,...throw Timmie under the Bus!


2 posted on 03/20/2009 10:42:23 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (What happened to my IRAs)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama has time to read ncaa basketball brackets but none of these bills.


I don’t have time to pick ncaa basketball bracket winners. I am too busy. Amazing the president of the USA has time to do that sort of thing. Does he think he’s still in college?


3 posted on 03/20/2009 10:43:29 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If the republicans were a real and functional political party, the dems would have been thoroughly tarred and feathered this week.


4 posted on 03/20/2009 10:48:27 PM PDT by KoRn
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Sounds good to me. Blame should fall where it belongs. Hope it sticks.


5 posted on 03/20/2009 10:54:08 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bush’s fault! Don’t know how the media will get there, but they will try. And if that fails, Republicans’ fault: their potential opposition forced a rushed vote (already seen this). If that fails, the story will be buried as soon as possible. Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Der Furheur or His Party. In any case, Steele (WRINO - worthless republican in name only) will appologize for the republicans not working in a sufficiently bipartisan manner to avoid this mess. Wish I was kidding.


6 posted on 03/20/2009 10:54:25 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: KoRn
If the republicans were a real and functional political party, the dems would have been thoroughly tarred and feathered this week.

By the lack of action alone, the RNC is proving itself to be the lesser leftist wing of the DNC.

7 posted on 03/20/2009 10:56:58 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

The Repubs are too busy quaking in their boots because Dems have called them “The Party of No”.

Let’s cower!

Disgraceful lot.


8 posted on 03/20/2009 11:14:10 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Anyone who thinks this doesn’t understand the power of state-controlled media.


9 posted on 03/20/2009 11:19:08 PM PDT by Defiant (One Big-Ass Mistake, America!!)
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To: KoRn

Newt is doing his part:

http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=3897822&referralPlaylistId=dfd2bac5179f24504506103ae9a4da98b0a23044


10 posted on 03/20/2009 11:26:20 PM PDT by dajeeps
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To: Defiant

when you are losing big in sports, there is a timw when you send a message. All that you do is get very very physical. In my case that meant dropping the mitts after a satisfying run at an opposing player (hockey)

Our current Rebub castrati need to locate their cojones and get up close and personal and send messages they will no longer be the DNC b*()&!


11 posted on 03/20/2009 11:46:30 PM PDT by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: Jenny217
DemonicRats are trying to get in front of all this...see this thread:

Frank asks Freddie, Fannie to halt bonuses

12 posted on 03/20/2009 11:55:01 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (What happened to my IRAs)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

From Foxnews story on the intimidation and threats to AIG folks re buses this weekend: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/20/aig-employees-fear-lives-receiving-threats-big-bonuses/comments/

Note this comment below the story:

New York [Mar 20, 2009 11:42:16 PM]
obama will be the end of this country ... a very good friend, a high ranking west point officer, just told his daughters to make sure they were carrying potassium iodine with them at all times. hummm wonder why? He’s never EVER been this concerned and he’s high enough to be privy to information the general public is not!! I can tell you the reason with 5 letters... see if you can figure it out. And for all you intelligent (i.e., republicans) take note ... hit the pharmacy and take precautions ... better safe than sorry. All you liberal democrats ... keep your heads in the sand.

Potassium iodine information: http://www.ki4u.com/potassium_iodine.htm


13 posted on 03/21/2009 1:09:39 AM PDT by combat_boots (The answer to 1984 is 1776)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Considering that our leaders in DC just squandered 2 trillion dollars at the stroke of a pen, those $162M in bonuses, (which is less than 1/200 of 1%), have turned out to be a useful diversion to this fiscal fiasco.


14 posted on 03/21/2009 1:19:38 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Obama hates taxpayin’ people!!” (Channeling Spike)


15 posted on 03/21/2009 1:21:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father-Gysgt/Comm. Chief, USMC WWII, Korea 1925-2002)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

correction 1/10 of 1%

Still a pittance.


16 posted on 03/21/2009 1:25:49 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Blackwell proving those pointy headed Washingtonian dweeebs who put Steele in charge of the RNC are worse than useless.

On the front page of GOP.com?

March Madness baby, looks like Steele and HUSSEIN Baraka have their love of Basketball in common.

Unforgivable incompetence.

17 posted on 03/21/2009 1:27:10 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

18 posted on 03/21/2009 1:30:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father-Gysgt/Comm. Chief, USMC WWII, Korea 1925-2002)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Good job, Geithie!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNKjShmHw7s&NR=1


19 posted on 03/21/2009 2:11:58 AM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: boycott
Obama has time to read ncaa basketball brackets but none of these bills.

The president has a staff of about 1,700 people. Didn't they have time to read the bill either?

20 posted on 03/21/2009 2:51:03 AM PDT by Need4Truth
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To: HEY4QDEMS
Still a pittance.

And it's not the story. The story is about ginning up public outrage against bonuses that had been negotiated -- by contract -- well in advance. Every one of the Dems frothing at the mouth about them had been aware of the bonuses for months.

Now they're caught in their own lies, except, of course, for Teleprompter Man, who they're trying to pass off as an innocent naif who knew nothing about it -- pure as the driven snow. The only problem with that characterization is that this is the same doofus who was described a few weeks back as being exhausted from all his late-night work on "fixing" the economy.

21 posted on 03/21/2009 2:57:41 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad
Every one of the Dems frothing at the mouth about them had been aware of the bonuses for months.

And that is exactly what I'm talking about.

They are cultivating public outrage over an insignificant amount of money.

They pi$$ed away the whole farm.

Sure, they are getting some flack now but the focus has shifted away from the farm and only on the tractor.

Now that they've recovered the tractor through taxes, the msm will ignore the farm and paint them as heroes.

The story is about ginning up public outrage against bonuses

That is what I was trying to say originally.

The Dems couldn't have played this any better even if they tried. This "public outrage" is a gift for the rats.
22 posted on 03/21/2009 3:11:15 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: HEY4QDEMS
And that is exactly what I'm talking about.

I wasn't arguing. I got your point, and it was an excellent one. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

23 posted on 03/21/2009 11:17:46 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad

No worries, I didn’t think you were.

You made my point better than I did. I was just jumping aboard your verbiage.


24 posted on 03/21/2009 11:30:04 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I`ve been saying this for days now,even posted a thread on making this a theme for our tea-parties but there don`t seem to be many takers.What, a little populist twist makes some conservatives cringe?
25 posted on 03/21/2009 11:32:17 AM PDT by nomad (`)
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To: slapshot

How about helping them out by organizing an AIG bonus gate, tea-party in your area?


26 posted on 03/21/2009 11:34:35 AM PDT by nomad (`)
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If the complicity of the lame stream media in helping to spin this is pissing you off then do something else besides just tapping on keyboards.Oh,I know,things like going out and organizing street level protests are useless,right?There comes a time when ALL this blogging MUST be backed up by some physical action,no one here is saying getting violent or abusive!Just show you have as much balls as the rent a crowd rats that show up for their staged events.What do you think,can you handle that,or is that too much to freaking ask of you?
27 posted on 03/21/2009 11:48:30 AM PDT by nomad (`)
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