March 20th, 2009
07:05 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 3/19/09

Editor's Note: Our Thursday night viewers had much to say about – you guessed it - the AIG bonuses. We’d love to hear your thoughts on it as well – what should be done about it?


I've always understood that a contract obligates BOTH parties. So how come only AIG is obligated to pay the bonuses, when the employees in question didn't honor their part of the contract to keep AIG profitable, but instead destroyed not only AIG but our whole economy?

I find it interesting that AIG still pays to put people up at very nice hotels for free & pays for a nice buffet every night too. Is this the way the bail out money is to be spent? Apparently they have no remorse for their spending & having tax payers bail them out. They just keep doing what they want at our expense. What would happen if we treated our lives in such a manner?

Thank you for covering the AIG bonus story. We should be angry and we should demand the return of every penny. It is inconceivable that so many Americans are living with NO income while these people take our money and not only enjoy income but all the fringe benefits that bonuses can allow.

My company did not offer employee bonuses this year and most of us were grateful to just keep our jobs. Why can’t the AIG employees follow suit?

I am not in agreement with the AIG bonuses but I feel it’s unfair to blame the employees who received them, since they only accepted what was promised. It’s the big guys at the top who stole from Americans that we should be focusing on.

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  1. Mary

    Question – Why did the American people overwhelmingly elect Barack Obama?
    Answer – To make significant change in Washington – much needed change.
    Why is that in his third month of office – he is being ridiculed so harshly for attempting to make good on his promises. I hate to break to everyone – the economy is horribly messed up (most in part due to the conservative policies laid down to us in the last 8 years) – it is NOT going to be fixed in 3 months.
    Let's all let him do his thing – change Washington for the better. Also – lay off of Robert Gibbs. I am sick of hearing old men in Washington say his is not professional. He is real and seemingly honest – if that is non-professional – then so be it. I will take honesty over professional etiquette anyday!!

    March 20, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  2. Laverne Delgado

    Hi Anderson,

    I love AC360! I have one comment, I would like to make.
    When is Michelle Obama going to stop talking about race? I thought her comment she said while visiting the classroom (you talk just like a white girl) was in poor taste. Kids need to be inspired to see past the color of someone skin. Poor judgement comments on race have brought down some big name careers.
    She's the first lady-and needs to act like the first lady with dignity.....

    March 20, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  3. Peter

    Why pick on AIG executives? Why not tax ALL of the executive bonus's paid to any executive that that recieved them from a company that recieved bailout funds?

    Executive Retention Bonus? Who would want to retain a loser? Cut the dead wood lose and let in some real talent.


    Why not, it's not thier money!

    March 20, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  4. Peter

    Would the companies that recieved Bailouts have been in the cash position to pay out all those executive bonuses if they had not recieved the bailout?

    March 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |