Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jealous and Whiny About AIG

I'm pretty much tired of hearing about this so I thought I'd have the last word.

The company I work for has been hit by the economy and they cut my salary, withheld all bonus payouts and our German owners fired the North American CEO. We didn't get any government help.

Working at an executive level at a place like AIG is like winning the lottery. You're going to make big money. It's like you have a high paying job at a company that is so important that the government will prop it up and keep it from failing. The US Federal Government will collapse moments before AIG collapses. We don't get mad at people that win the lottery. We should not get mad at AIG executives either. It is so ridiculous that it is starting to sound like insane jealousy.

If you were lucky enough to know someone that knew someone that could get you employed at AIG and then you were offered tomorrow a $10 million bonus, would you turn it down? Of course not. So quit being jealous. Stopping the bonuses isn't going to solve anything anyway.

If you really want to solve something you'll quit voting for the same damn politicians every election cycle. I saw a show with Bob Dole the other day and they were commenting on the fact that he's been an important part of American politics for the last 50 years. Vote the bastard out already (well he's retired, but still involved). The government now controls 80% of AIG. Vote the bastards out already.

Every election cycle you are offered the choice of two evils. One is the evil democrat and the other is the evil republican. There are other people running, but you don't take the time to look. Then, when things go badly, you just sit around and whine. I don't know how many times I've heard, "Well, there's no one worth voting for." That should be phrased differently, "There's no one worth voting for that has not been spoon fed to me with little kid gloves by the media and by the rich and powerful."

I wonder how much money the executives at AIG donated to the presidential campaigns.


  1. Sorry Garland...I have no way of identifying myself. The insane jealousy part really frightens me...can you rile up enough of the "peasants" that they will overthrow the "landlords"? What about the ridiculous and inflammatory rantings making references to the French Revolution and marching these guys to the guillotine?

  2. I posted previously; this is Joely, again... Some little things in my humble opinion could make a world of difference 1) All political contributions go into specific for presidential elections, one for senate elections and last one for house elections. When it's time to run for election...each candidate on the ballot gets an equal piece of the to speak...and only a few months before the vote. I'm really tired of seeing months and months of the same media induced crap. Absolutely NO private monies or donations...all public and all shared. 2) Of course if that doesn't fly...term limits for congress would be quite nice, since being spoon fed is a national pasttime of most Americans.

  3. Hey Joely. You should ask Ed how he does it. Since I have a Google account, I really have no idea how to put your name on anonymous postings.

    I've been watching a documentary on Thomas Jefferson via Netflix and PBS. He probably would be happy with riling up the peasants to overthrow the landlords. It needs to be done on occasion to remind the landlords of their place in a Republic.

    Before we can talk about sharing donations, we need to talk about ballot access. You should see how hard it is to get your name on a ballot in Texas if you aren't Republican or Democrat. Much less getting your chunk of the campaign dollars. And Texas is one of the easier states.

  4. j here...i assume "they" made it difficult to get names on the ballot to prevent multitudes of candidates and someone with 23% of the vote leading the country. My biggest complaint about riling up the peasants is that why should we start punishing people now for what we've encouraged them to do? When you get done with your History should pick up Mr. China's Son. It's a riveting read on the plight of an English Professor in China during the communist revolution (nonfiction). I'm also snapped back to a fictional book...1984. I just become anxious when the gov't starts using people's emotions to make decisions.