WASHINGTON – How outraged can they be?
U.S. lawmakers are clearly outraged by the $165 million in bonuses being paid to executives at bailed-out insurer American International Group. For the last two days, they’ve been talking about it in press releases, at news conference and in speeches on the floor of the Senate and House.
But no one says it more colorfully and more bluntly than Republican Senator Chuck Grassley — so far.
Grassley, an Iowa farmer, is most likely just channeling what many taxpayers are thinking.
The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve has put up to $180 billion at AIG’s disposal to keep them afloat and prevent the insurance giant from sinking the global financial system. The company said it had contract obligations to pay out some $165 million in retention bonuses to employees.