How can anyone possibly have any respect for these people?
Here we have Charles Rangel (D-NY), chairman of the House Ways and Means committee and a tax cheat of no small proportions himself:
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-New York, told reporters Wednesday, "We can't have any concept of we're getting even, but we must have a concept that we're trying to show that Congress ... cannot tolerate that."
We can't have any concept that we are getting even?
That is exactly what this is.
Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said the bill was "necessitated by the poor judgment shown by firms receiving bailout money."
The effrontery of this woman. The arrogance. It would be beyond belief if it had happened before our very eyes today. She is an embarrassment to the nation. She is an insult to the nation.
The people at AIG received the bonuses as the result of contracts previously agreed to. The United States Congress specifically and deliberately inserted an amendment, authored by both the United States Treasury Department and Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking committee, to allow those bonuses.
The Congress legitimized the bonuses.
The people who received the bonuses did so under an exemption clause specifically emplaced in the Obama stimulus bill by the Congress.
That bill, including that exemption, was signed into law by the president of the United States.
Now, in an effort to deflect the righteous anger of the citizens of the nation, these moral cowards, these political whores, these pandering, simpering, sniveling weasels, are using their legislative power to screw a small group of Americans who have committed no crimes, who have acted with the blessing of those same moral cowards, those same political whores.
They are using their power to avoid responsibility for their hasty, ill-conceived actions in pushing that legislative abortion through without due consideration, without due thought.
They are cowards. All of them.
It is shameful.
Two-thirds of the House of Representatives, every one of those moral cowards who voted for this, should be impeached.
Our Colorado Congressional delegation is right in the middle of it.
How can anyone have any respect for them?