From the “do I have a kick me sign on my butt” file…..
It’s been a long time since I could afford a nice vacation, and with things going the way they are, it looks to be a while before I will be going again.
But I sure feel great knowing that those stressed out AIG execs are putting my tax dollars to good use after the bailout they just got from the American taxpayers.
From the Washington Post today:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort
UPDATED: 11:31 a.m.
Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said today at the the opening of a House committee hearing about the near-failure of the insurance giant.
Showing a photograph of the resort, Waxman said the executives spent $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 for the spa.
“Less than a week after the taxpayers rescued AIG, company executives could be found wining and dining at one of the most exclusive resorts in the nation,” Waxman said. “We will ask whether any of this makes sense. ”
The committee will ask the company’s executives about their multimillion-dollar pay packages — some of which they continue to receive — as well as who bears responsibility for the company’s high-risk investment portfolio, which led to its near collapse just weeks ago.
“They were getting their manicures, their pedicures, massages, their facials while the American people were paying their bills,” thundered Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), of the executive retreat at the Monarch Resort.
I’d feel better about Congress taking these folks on if they didn’t use my tax dollars for the exact same things. Their junkets are legendary.