A jaw-dropping twist in the story of the Great Recession has emerged from the very seed that spawned the economic collapse itself. A month after paying off its taxpayer provided, government loans AIG is now considering a lawsuit against the very government that saved it from oblivion. One must ask what wires crossed in the brains of the company leadership to think this would be an acceptable route to take.
Feel free to read more in the article below and be sure to read Elizabeth Warren’s response to the lawsuit talk immediately following.
AIG Is Thinking About Suing the Government for Bailing It Out
It’s been almost five years since AIG’s stock dropped 60 percent in a day leaving the company doomed to failure, when Uncle Sam swooped in with $182 billion to rescue it. But AIG must have a short memory, because on Monday night news emerged that the insurance company is actually thinking about suing the U.S. government over the bailout that saved it. The board will discuss the idea with shareholders at a meeting on Wednesday.
It’s not so much that AIG’s mad the government bailed them out. (They wouldn’t be around to be mad if it hadn’t.) They just wish they’d done it a little bit differently. “The lawsuit does not argue that government help was not needed,” The New York Times reports. “It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates and the funneling of billions to the insurer’s Wall Street clients — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for ‘public use, without just compensation.’” Does that kind of bad attitude count as “looking the gift horse in the mouth” or “biting the hand that feeds you?” Or both?
Senator Elizabeth Warren Lashes Out at AIG for Biting ‘the Hand That Fed Them’
Beginning in 2008, the federal government poured billions of dollars into AIG to save it from bankruptcy. AIG’s reckless bets nearly crashed our entire economy. Taxpayers across this country saved AIG from ruin, and it would be outrageous for this company to turn around and sue the federal government because they think the deal wasn’t generous enough. Even today, the government provides an ongoing, stealth bailout, propping up AIG with special tax breaks—tax breaks that Congress should stop. AIG should thank American taxpayers for their help, not bite the hand that fed them for helping them out in a crisis.
A smart move on their part.