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Obama Wants You To Trust Markets and Government; But He Offers to Ignore AIG Contracts

March 17, 2009

The President of the United States has demonstrated that he and his advisors care lttle for contracts, American free enterprise and good thinking.

President Barack Obama and his top aides expressed outrage at reports that AIG went ahead with $165 million in bonuses even though the company received more than $170 billion in federal rescue money. Obama directed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to see whether there was any way to retrieve or stop the bonus money — a move designed as much for public relations as for public policy, Philip Elliott of the Associated Press reported.

“I mean, how do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” Obama said Monday in announcing a plan to help small businesses.

Here is how we justify the “outrage.”  The workers at AIG have contracts.  Same as you, me and Barack Obama.

The real outrage here is what the president is proposing: that he has the power to re-write contracts after the ink is dried and the money is paid.

What happened to the courts?  Did I miss something?  Did the president sleep though “Contract Law I” at Harvard?  Oh, he was writing his book….
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Communists understand this.  If you lived under communism or studied their practices — you do too.

When my wife, who lived through the communist takeover in Vietnam, heard President Obama say the U.S. taxpayers should ignore legal contracts and not pay the AIG bonuses, she flew into a rage and said, “This is how it starts.  This is how the state sweeps away everything involved in legal free enterprise.”

Related:
 Republican Grassley on AIG execs: Quit or suicide

And if this is the thinking of the president’s economic wise guys like Geithner, Summers, Volker; to go and get $163 million legally spent under contract while the world economy is still in a shambles, and further diminish investor confidence in the process — we are in a hell of a fix.
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Or is the President’s announcemnt on the AIG bonuses just political BS dreamed up by Rahm Emanuel?

Did someone check this “go tackle AIG and get back the bonus money” idea with Bernanke?

Confidence is gone Mister President and you have yourself to blame.  You didn’t “inherit” this.

This is what happens when you have a president with socialist beliefs, a crisis, a one party congress, and a media that is mostly in love with their president.

The AIG bonus money is 1/2 of 1% of the $170 billion some bailout to AIG.  It is a footnote and should have remained so to a president that just spent $1 billion an hour in his first 50 days in the White House.

His stumulus exceeded $787  billion and the omnibus $410 billion and now he is angry and chasing $163 million because of the public outrage?

Has he lost his mind?

And he wants us to have confidence in Wall Street and invest; and he wants to have confidence in him and government and spend.  And pay our taxes.

Personally, I have doubts.

Next year my Tim Geithner Turbo Tax IRS Tax Form might say: “Line 1, How much is your income?  Line 2: send it in.”

And the president wants us to have so much confidence that we’ll allow him to spend unknown trillions yet: on another stimulus, other bailouts?  Health care?  Energy?  Climate Change? Education?

The real problem here is the government wishing to control too much in some extra-legal thuinking: we gave you money so your prior contracts are void — you should have known that.

Is this what Obama learned at Harvard?

And where will this heavy handed and poor thinking government get this money?  From taxpayers you and me and the unborn.  That’s generaltional theft.

But in the near term we’ll borrow it from China and I’ll bet there are string atached to THAT.  I KNOW there are strings attached to that.  The communists invented the voiding of contracts.

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By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer

The White House says it’s looking at restrictions on some $30 billion in taxpayers’ money approved to help American International Group as the administration tries to reclaim or block millions of dollars in bonuses the struggling company awarded executives.

President Barack Obama and his top aides expressed outrage at reports that AIG went ahead with $165 million in bonuses even though the company received more than $170 billion in federal rescue money. Obama directed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to see whether there was any way to retrieve or stop the bonus money — a move designed as much for public relations as for public policy.

“I mean, how do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” Obama said Monday in announcing a plan to help small businesses.

The financial bailout program remains politically unpopular and has been a drag on Obama’s new presidency, even though the plan began under his predecessor, President George W. Bush. The White House is aware of the nation’s bailout fatigue; hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars have gone to prop up financial institutions that made poor decisions, while many others who have done no wrong have paid the price.

News that AIG still needs billions in taxpayer dollars to prevent a collapse did little to build public confidence, Obama aides acknowledged. Seeking to turn the public tide, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs aggressively criticized AIG and said administration officials were working to put strict limits on the next $30 billion installment bound for the company.

“Treasury has instruments that can address the excessive retention bonuses, and add provisions to ensure that taxpayers are made whole,” Gibbs said.

The AIG news overshadowed what Obama’s aides had hoped to spend the first part of the week discussing: billions of dollars to help the nation’s small businesses in the hopes of getting credit flowing again. Obama heaped praise on the little guys of American industry, often overshadowed in the blitz of government bailouts.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200
90317/ap_on_bi_ge/obama_economy

http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/03/17/aig-derangement-syndrome/

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Economics Professor at Harvard Calls Obama Stimulus “$800 Billion Mistake”

January 29, 2009

As a conservative economist, I might be expected to oppose a stimulus plan. In fact, on this page in October, I declared my support for a stimulus. But the fiscal package now before Congress needs to be thoroughly revised. In its current form, it does too little to raise national spending and employment. It would be better for the Senate to delay legislation for a month, or even two, if that’s what it takes to produce a much better bill. We cannot afford an $800 billion mistake.

By Martin Feldstein
The WashingtonPost

Start with the tax side. The plan is to give a tax cut of $500 a year for two years to each employed person. That’s not a good way to increase consumer spending. Experience shows that the money from such temporary, lump-sum tax cuts is largely saved or used to pay down debt. Only about 15 percent of last year’s tax rebates led to additional spending.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
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Obama Has Hired, Used as Advisors, At Least 20 Harvard Classmates

December 5, 2008

As Barack Obama puts together his administration, more than 20 Harvard Law School classmates dot the ranks of his transition team — solidifying the Crimson connection as his most enduring, yet least-known, personal network.

By Carrie Budoff Brown
Politico

Eyeing the presidency as a freshman senator, Obama turned to his classmates first for their high-level contacts, and then to help raise campaign cash. Now, they’re putting their day jobs on the backburner to help their friend build a government.

“If you think about the progression of the president-elect’s national career, initially he didn’t have a national network of people who he could call on,” said Cassandra Butts, general counsel for the transition. “The Harvard group was helpful on that front — helping him make introductions on policy, political and financial fronts.”

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Besides Butts, other top Harvard grads around Obama include Chris Lu, who will serve as Obama’s liaison with Cabinet departments; Tom Perrelli, who works on the Justice Department transition team; and Julius Genachowski and Michael Froman, who sit on the 12-member Transition Advisory Board.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/16224