Epic Messaging Fail

1 comment March 18th, 2009at 09:09pm Posted by Eli

Congressional Republicans are working awfully hard to seize the opportunity of public outrage at the AIG bonuses by pretending to be populists sticking up for the little guy:

GOP Congressional leaders have roundly condemned AIG and its executives, as part of a strategy to position themselves as heroic defenders of the taxpayers and to paint the Obama administration as weak and ineffectual. Mitch McConnell recently blasted AIG’s bonuses as an “outrage.” John Boehner said that the “American people are rightly outraged.” And Eric Cantor bemoaned the “stunning lack of accountability” on AIG’s part.

Setting aside for the moment the fact that these hypocrites were totally for obscene executive compensation and deregulation before they were against it, their fearless leader apparently didn’t get the memo:

During the March 17 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh — “a great leader for conservatives” — defended American International Group (AIG) from criticism of the company’s controversial employee retention bonuses. Limbaugh declared, “A lynch mob is expanding: the peasants with their pitchforks surrounding the corporate headquarters of AIG, demanding heads. Death threats are pouring in. All of this being ginned up by the Obama administration.” Limbaugh later claimed, “This $500,000 limit on executive pay — let me tell you why it won’t work. New York City will die. New York City needs a whole bunch of people being paid a whole lot of money, so they can tax their butts off, so that the city can maintain its stupid streets, potholes, and welfare state. Without the super wealthy in New York, it’s over. … This — it’s just a populist ruse. It’s just designed to people go, ‘Yeah, yeah!’ “

That’s right, the head of the GOP just called the American people “peasants.”  That is so awesome.

If the Republicans weren’t such dishonest tools, I’d almost feel sorry for them.

Entry Filed under: Economy,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Ruth  |  March 19th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    My favorite so far was NBC nightly news solemnly declaring that they were about to explain AIG to us, in the middle of which a chubby-cheeked reporter declared that ‘the bill wasn’t written very carefully’. Guess the fact that AIG was taken over in September without consulting Congress, no bill has been written since the 30’s that gave such authority, and that the authorization was a pretty big stretch, escaped NBC’s staff’s intense scrutiny – it had only been pointed out several times by Dems such as Rep. Barney Frank on camera for many days.

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