With Bernie Madoff safely locked away, the nation is turning its righteous indignation toward AIG, which has been taking our tax dollars and giving them to other failed businesses and its own failed executives. Charles Grassley of the senate finance committee suggested those excecutives kill themselves, but others seem inclined to do the job themselves. “Violence is deplorable,” admits Not So Subtle, “but today I’m willing to make an exception, because I have 165 million reasons to call for a public hanging for the executive leadership of AIG.” He means the bonus dollars. “Only hanging will make a point that they won’t soon forget. Of course there are technicalities to consider, such as how one can fit a noose around a tape worm’s neck, thin as they are, and lacking in necks.”
Andrew Ross Sorkin’s legalistic “Case for Paying the A.I.G. Bonuses” provokes responses like “lousy scabs are allowed to impertinently defend this same rotten, obscenely immoral system” and “Go ahead, tell us we just don’t understand… America is calling ‘bullcrap.’” Some readers suggest we should just let the damn thing go bust. “Yes, it would send the world economy into depression perhaps,” say Peter & Soojin, “but we are almost there already despite having invested so much in trying to prevent it.”
As the reaction grows viral-pitchfork, it spreads to other targets: “this bonus that AIG is paying out is chump change compared to what princess Nancy Pelosi flying around on her jet.” “Blame the fed, not AIG.” “AIG contracts can be broken but labor unions contracts can’t?,” etc.
Here’s one way to fight back — Twitter! “Fire all their asses,” says AdamSheets1. “1(877)638-4244 Tell AIG Financial Products what you think of bonus,” suggests mikereaves. “OMG have we all gone mad, go in there and rip the company apart it’s owned by the taxpayers!!!” demands Felisha74.
“Social media conversations have caused have caused significant brand damage,” claims a slideshow. It’s hard to see what good that does, since as owners of 80 percent of AIG’s equity, we don’t benefit from its collapse. It might make more sense to consider exercising our rights as majority shareholders and, despite our politically correct scruples, availing the n-word.