So you thought your $700 Billion was safe from greedy execs

Think again.

It turns out that George Bush, determined to the end to do as much damage as possible before leaving office, created a giant loophole for executive compensation for companies receiving bailout funds.

From the Washington Post:

Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules.

But at the last minute, the Bush administration insisted on a one-sentence change to the provision, congressional aides said. The change stipulated that the penalty would apply only to firms that received bailout funds by selling troubled assets to the government in an auction, which was the way the Treasury Department had said it planned to use the money.

Now, however, the small change looks more like a giant loophole, according to lawmakers and legal experts. In a reversal, the Bush administration has not used auctions for any of the $335 billion committed so far from the rescue package, nor does it plan to use them in the future. Lawmakers and legal experts say the change has effectively repealed the only enforcement mechanism in the law dealing with lavish pay for top executives.

Pretty slick, huh? The American taxpayers get screwed again. Thanks, George.

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  1. #1 by Moribund Republic on December 15, 2008 - 4:14 pm

    The price of weakness is rather high is it not Becky.

    This is the nature of gutless compliance. The nature of reality when the prosecution of evident crimes is “off the table”.

    How long will you criticize the crocodile as it eats your young, when the idiots that can stop it stand by the river with the rope and the gun, and do nothing but watch the croc feed upon you and yours?

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