As the Republicans, news media, and American people try to ferret out just who knew what and when, with regard to AIG, President Obama's feigned disgust at the whole revelation is now playing out...as he is found out. Apparently, the behind closed door sessions (for Democrats only) could have produced a halt to the bonuses...but they refused to eliminate them. No one can deny that the AIG bonuses for top executives were wrongly bestowed, however, President Obama and his cronies are pondering a "taxing vendetta" that literally reeks of legal impropriety and should, quite frankly, scare the hell out of all Americans! I would like you to look at the definition of the word usury according to USLegal: Usury is a civil or criminal violation involving charging more than the maximum interest rate allowed by law. The rate of interest legally allowed is governed by state statutes. If a court finds that the rate of interest on a loan is usurious, the interest due becomes void and only the principal of the loan needs to be repaid. http://definitions.uslegal.com/u/usury/ America, we need to keep our eye on the ball! If we permit usury procedures to be implemented by Washington to "go after" AIG bonuses...no matter how abominable they are...then a precedence has been established, one which could (and I am sure will) be unleashed on American citizens in short order. It will allow Washington to squelch personal freedoms through fear of monetary retaliation tactics. I liken Obama's strategy to the California wildfires...There are so many burning issues popping up that is easy to get distracted, frustrated, and depressed. Hold it together, now! Allies for freedom (and doing the right thing) are everywhere "...from sea to shining sea". Unfortunately, everything I have observed and heard, coming out of the White House, leads me to believe that he just may be trying to implode our country. His plan seems to be the old divide and conquer scenario and he is not afraid to use any means possible. If those are truely his intentions, he should just remember... they don't call us the United States for nothing! Like it or not, we are playing for America's very survival so gird your loins and "game on"! He has underestimated WE THE PEOPLE!
Note: If we use usury procedures for one case it will set a precedence for all others and allow Washington to squelch freedoms through fear of monetary retaliation tactics!
Another Note: When Elijah thought he was alone he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” God's response: “Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.” Allies for freedoms exist "...from sea to shining sea".
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 03-18-09