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House passes bill taxing AIG and other bonuses

Thursday, March 19, 2009

AIG Chairmen Edward Liddy looks over the top of his glasses prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2009, before the House Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises subcommittee.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Thursday to slap punishing taxes on big employee bonuses from AIG and other firms bailed out by taxpayers.

The vote was 328-93.

"We want our money back and we want our money back now for the taxpayers," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The bonuses, totaling $165 million, were paid to employees of troubled insurer American International Group, including to traders in the unit that nearly brought about the company's collapse.

In all, 243 Democrats and 85 Republicans voted "yes" on the bill. It was opposed by six Democrats and 87 Republicans.

The margin of victory came despite sharp Republican attacks calling the legislation a legally questionable ploy to paper over Obama administration missteps.

Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the bill was "a political circus" diverting attention from why the administration hadn't done more to block the bonuses before they were paid.

However, although a number of Republicans cast "no" votes against the measure at first, there was a heavy GOP migration to the "yes" side in the closing moments.

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Emerson votes to un-Constitutionally bail out certain companies to the tune of $800 billion. TARP opened the floodgate so to speak for additional abuses of the Constitution in the forms of even more bailouts to the "winners" selected by Congress, and the granting of unfettered power to the Federal Reserve.

Yesterday, the Fed pipes up that they are going to another print $1.25 trillion, the DOW reacts by dropping another 4.5% since the announcement.

So, today Congress, via emergency legislation, expresses it's populist "outrage" by taxing $165 million of bonuses which should have never been given, but was ultimately the responsibility of the Congress and the President who signed the bailout legislation.

Today, our own Jo Ann Emerson supported more un-Constitutional legislation in our names.

FIRE EMERSON! She is killing this country!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 5:18 PM

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