by Todd Beeton, Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:34:23 PM EDT
Nancy Pelosi strikes the right tone in this statement posted at The Gavel suggesting possible congressional action against AIG.
While American workers see their wages decline and face record job losses, it is unconscionable that AIG, which is receiving more than $170 billion in government assistance, would permit such extravagant executive compensation practices without any accountability to the taxpayer.
I have asked Chairman Barney Frank of the House Financial Services Committee to examine options that are legally available to recover taxpayer funds of companies that abuse the privilege of taxpayer assistance.
I call upon the executives at AIG to right the wrong they have done to American taxpayers, who are footing the bill for the most expensive government rescue in history. They should renounce the bonuses and refuse the excessive retention pay they previously agreed to.
Congress, working with the Obama Administration, has put in place tough executive compensation and responsibility measures to ensure that taxpayers are protected and we will continue to take all action necessary to ensure transparency and accountability.
The administration's impotence in the face of AIG's outrageous bonus announcement is disappointing to say the least. Pelosi here is suggesting that Congress can make AIG pay, showing that Pelosi has a sharp ear for the mood of the country, which can be summed up with two words: "pitchforks" and "torches." But can they actually do something about it. Let's hope so.