This is not a post in support of bonuses, just a call for parity.
When AIG paid retention bonuses to their employees of $165 million dollars all hell broke loose. When it was announced that AIG had paid the bonuses (approved by the government) politicians led by Barney Frank were furious and led the protests. President Obama chimed in with his famous “pitchfork mobs” analysis. Unions organized protests in front of the houses of AIG executives.
Now we read in the WSJ that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are going to pay $210 million dollars in retention bonuses. I wonder who will lead the protests in front of the houses of Barney Frank and his fellow representatives who just 18 short months ago extolled the virtue and health of these two organizations while they were in essence bankrupt.
As an aside has anyone asked Franklin Raines (Obama Advisor) to return his $50 million dollar bonus like they asked the AIG executives? Of course not, these are the “do as I say not as I do Dems” in charge.
I do not attend, the church of my choice, on a regular basis. My attendance dwindled when the minister, in my opinion, crossed the line from minister to politicians. I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state and thus when politics enters the sanctuary I am not inclined to be there.
When Senator McCain was endorsed by Rev. John Hagee a televangelist the Democratic National Committee demanded that McCain renounce Hagee’s support because of past remarks made by the minister that was controversial. Does Senator McCain’s believe and agree with Rev. Hagee’s anti-Catholic and anti Muslin remarks?
Senator Obama, do you agree with your longtime spiritual advisor Rev. Jeremiah Wright when he says that African-Americans should not say “God Bless America,” but rather “God damn America.” Do you agree with Rev. Wright when he claims that Zionism contains “white racism”?
Remember during the Bush years how you lefties called for the impeachment of the President for his illegal wiretapping of citizens.
Well, President Obama (rightly so) is invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration’s wiretapping program in a case against AT&T
A lawyer for the customers, Kevin Bankston stated that he was disappointed in the President since during the campaign he made a promise of transparency and unceasingly criticized President Bush for his secrecy. To become a lawyer Mr. Bankston you have to be smart enough to not believe everything you hear in a campaign and further understand there is a hell of a lot of difference between rhetoric and actually governing.
Ok lefties, let the call for impeachment begin.
Ethics Reform Speaker Pelosi Style as reported by Congressman Eric Cantor Chief Deputy Republican Whip:
Only the Democrat House Leadership could find an unethical way to pass an “ethics” bill.
House Democrats had crafted legislation, an ethics bill in name only, that will do nothing to clean-up Washington. In fact, many non-partisan experts believe that it will only further empower the special interests.
Tonight, on the House floor, House Democrats were headed towards defeat. They were opposed by a bipartisan coalition of Members, who wanted to work towards meaningful ethics reform, rather than accept the empty rhetoric offered by the House Democrat Leadership. At the end of the vote, the bipartisan coalition had prevailed; yet, Speaker Pelosi held the vote open and strong-armed less senior Representatives into voting her way. This action violated House rules that were enacted in January of last year.
One thing is clear – House Democrats have failed the American People. They can’t even pass an “ethics” bill without violating the rules.