Monday, March 16, 2009

Breaking! ... Obama Takes Action, Seizes AIG's March Madness Office Pools and Brackets

Feeling a building backlash to the corporate bailouts, and the news this weekend of insurance giant A.I.G. (Always Incredibly Greedy) paying out hundreds-of-millions in bonuses, Federal Marshalls, in this country, various law enforcement in other countries, raided A.I.G. offices and seized the company's March Madness office pools and tournament bracket funds.



The order came from President Obama.

"In the last six months, AIG has received substantial sums from the U.S. Treasury. I've asked Secretary Geithner to use that leverage and pursue every legal avenue to block these March Madness pools and make the American taxpayers whole," Obama said.

A spokesperson for Treasury indicated they would follow through with the President's directive, but that Secretary Geithner was "unaware" that March Madness had begun.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that President Obama ordered the action late yesterday, shortly after the NCAA Basketball Tournament selection process was completed.

"We expect this will net hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars," a stern Gibbs announced, citing much it taxpayer money already given A.I.G. in the previously-released TARP fund bailout.

"The President found in unconscionable that public funds would be used in this manner."



Rumors are circulating in the Capital that President Obama is weighing issuing an Executive Order, to, effectively, nationalize all March Madness office pools and bracket funds, redirecting the money to possible future Stimulus Packages, or additional corporate bailouts.

Reaction to the move by President Obama, against A.I.G fell along party lines.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hailed the action, saying it was "unfathomable" that A.I.G would be running March Madness pools in light of the dire circumstances facing the company.

Pelosi stopped short of endorsing the possible nationalizing of March Madness pools, saying that "they are not on the table at this time."

Congress Eric Cantor (R-VA) slammed Obama.

"The President talks about creating, or saving jobs. Well, he just wiped out dozens of them, the people that create the squares, run around the office selling them, collecting the money, having to monitor the tournament and update the squares ... That's not change you can believe in."

Senator Richard Shelby (R-ALA) called on the President to direct General Motors, and the UAW, to downscale their March Madness office pools, to match the March Madness office pools of non-union shops.



In a scathing press release, A.I.G. Chief Edward Liddy cited he was "extremely disappointed in the President's actions" and that there may be "legal ramifications" to the seizing of A.I.G.'s March Madness office pools, citing some of the employees "may have used their own, personal funds".

When pressed by reporters, Liddy admitted that he drew in his square, University of Connecticut, to win the tournament.


Bonus "Always Incredibly Greedy" Bonus Riffs

Glenn Greenwald: The sanctity of AIG's contracts

Jane Hamsher: Who Stole Our Country, and How are We Going to Get It Back?

TBogg: Bring on the Bobs

Robert Stein: Bailout Roulette

Steve Benen: AIG'S TENTACLES...

NYT: A.I.G. Lists Which Banks It Paid With U.S. Bailout Funds

MSNBC: Obama seeking ways to block AIG bonuses ... President calls $165 million in bonuses an 'outrage to the taxpayers'

CBS News: White House May Want AIG Money Back ...Administration Investigates Ways To Retrieve Some Of The Millions AIG Used For Bonuses


1 comment:

Joel said...

he 'cough' and angry .. double thumb-up for him