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Published:March 17th, 2009 18:54 EST
Sen. Grassley: AIG Executives Should Commit Suicide

Sen. Grassley: AIG Executives Should Commit Suicide

By Robert Paul Reyes


"In an interview with Cedar Rapids, Iowa, radio station WMT-AM today, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said executives of AIG should consider following what he described of the Japanese model of shamed corporate executives: apology or suicide.

`I don`t know whether the ($165 million in bonuses) is an issue as much as just the chutzpah of the people running AIG,` Grassley said. "That they could thumb their nose at the taxpayers, it`s more that.

`The attitude of these corporate executives and bank executives, and most of them are in New York, that somehow they`re not responsible for their company going into the tank,` he said.

Many politicians eschew interviews and impromptu remarks, and confine themselves to press releases and carefully scripted messages delivered with the help of a teleprompter.

It was a breath of fresh air to hear Sen. Grassley speak extemporarily and tell us how he really feels about the AIG executives. These incompetent and criminal executives ran AIG into the ground, begged for and received a government bailout, and now they are rewarded themselves with huge bonuses.

I agree with Sen. Grassley, the AIG bigwigs should apologize and commit suicide. Nothing short of suicide will abate the righteous anger of the American public.

The AIG executives aren`t the only ones who should kill themselves, Senator Chris Dodd should be the first one to fall on his own sword. He is the crooked politician who slipped into the stimulus plan a measure to protect those bonuses. I don`t think it`s a coincidence that AIG is one of Dodd`s biggest political contributors.

We are in an economic crisis of historic proportions, and it`s time for Republicans and Democrats to come together. Congress must do whatever it can to prevent the AIG executives from getting bonuses, and Congress must censure Sen. Dodd for his outrageous political machinations.