After denying it earlier to FOX News, Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) now admits to adding a bonus provision, in the Stimulus Package…which has also created a loophole. Can no one tell the truth in Congress anymore? He reported that the Treasury forced him to make the change and add the “foul” language that excluded executive bonuses if they were included in contracts prior to the Stimulus Bill’s passage. I am wondering...did they use blackmail, bribes, or black magic? I just want to know if anyone in Congress is aware of the separation of powers established in our “Checks and Balance” system? Senator Dodd was asked how Administration officials could have such leverage over Congress and Dodd replied, “The administration has veto power...No one suggested a veto to me, I don’t want to imply that to you. But certainly that’s not an insignificant tool.” Senator Dodd, it has always been thus. Dodd’s inability to stand his ground may be one of the very reasons he faces a Republican opponent who is currently in a tie for the 2010 midterm election, according to one of the polls. In the “for what it’s worth” column, he said that the Treasury’s argument was fear of a “flood of lawsuits” would come if the “change” was not made. CHANGE? There’s that word again. Additionally, he said that he was unaware of the AIG bonuses, at the bill’s conception, and that he didn’t have reason to believe Treasury officials did either. Well, that’s fine to say now, but will you be changing your story later? America...are you getting angry? Be informed and get involved!
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Zanne Booker 03-19-09