Mr. Baucus, This is Completely Ludicrous!

19 Mar

Mr. Baucus,

You made the following statement regarding AIG “This is completely ludicrous. I literally can’t think of enough adjectives to describe how mad I am, how mad Montanans are and how mad Americans are. For AIG to give these bonuses is stupid, irresponsible and unethical. I’ll not stand idly by while reckless CEOs pull such outrageous shenanigans.” (Missoulian.com, 3/18/2009).  On the other hand, you have taken $91,000 from AIG for your campaign over the last several years, receiving $24,750 in the 2008 election cycle alone.  That, sir, is ludicrous and outrageous!  And to feign ignorance is absurd in light of the fact that AIG’s troubles have been known for at least a year, during which time your campaign will have received funding.

The Missoulian.com further states that you said you are “exploring several measures to impose heavy taxes on the bonuses to help recoup the taxpayer funds that went to AIG. One possibility, he said, is imposing an excise tax, which would amount to a tax on the transaction between AIG and each executive who received a bonus and levied on both the individual and the company.”  This will be a direct violation of the constitution you have sworn to uphold, and a violation of the good conscience of reasonable men and women. Article 1 of the U. S. Constitution, Section 9 clearly states: No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.”

Have you placed yourself so above the law that you are now no longer beholden to the law?  Do you honestly believe that the constitution is only so much toilet paper to be wadded up and flushed down the toilet into the cesspool that has become the federal government?  Mr. Baucus, in the words of Ronald Reagan, you, sir, are not the answer to our problems, you are the problem.

I hereby challenge you to exercise a morsel of conscience and moral rectitude in your legislative acts, or be replaced.

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