U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Banking Committee released the following statement on bonuses paid out by AIG, the insurance giant that also has benefited from a government rescue plan:
“These bonuses are an insult to families who are trying to survive the economic crisis by saving every penny and changing their way of life. They have every right to be furious that AIG is taking their tax dollars while carrying on with what can only be described as business as usual – particularly when business as usual helped put us in this mess.
“President Obama is right to have his administration search every legal means available to try to block these bonuses, and I will help push similar efforts in the Senate. The question must be asked: If unions can be expected to renegotiate contracts to help save companies or industries, then why can’t companies do the same with their executives during this crisis?
“We have to make sure that Wall Street is using taxpayer money in a responsible manner. Perhaps equally as important, we have to make sure that some on Wall Street don’t further erode the confidence of the American people by failing to recognize the need for shared sacrifice. There is a fundamental and troubling disconnect between the realities that families across this country are living through and how some on Wall Street are acting like there is no crisis.”
Senator Menendez also appeared yesterday afternoon on the MSNBC program “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” with host David Shuster to discuss his feelings on the AIG bonuses.
Here’s a little St. Patrick’s Day humor to start your morning. It’s slightly off color but sure to put a smile on your face.
An Irish man went to confession in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
‘Father’, he confessed, ‘it has been one month since my last confession’. ‘I had sex with Nookie Green twice last month.’
The priest told the sinner, ‘You are forgiven. Go out and say three Hail Mary’s.’
Soon thereafter, another Irish man entered the confessional. ‘Father, it has been two months since my last confession. I’ve had sex with Nookie Green twice a week for the past two months.’
This time, the priest questioned, ‘Who is this Nookie Green?’ ‘A new woman in the neighborhood,’ the sinner replied.
‘Very well,’ sighed the priest. Go and say ten Hail Mary’s; At mass the next morning, as the priest prepared to deliver the sermon,a tall, voluptuous, drop-dead gorgeous redheaded woman entered the sanctuary.
The eyes of every man in the church fell upon her as she slowly sashayed up the aisle and sat down right in front of the priest. Her dress was green and very short, and she wore matching, shiny emerald-green shoes.
The priest and the altar boy gasped as the woman in the green dress and matching green shoes sat with her legs spread slightly apart, but just enough to realize she wasn’t wearing any underwear.
The priest turned to the altar boy and whispered, ‘Is that Nookie Green?’
The bug-eyed altar boy couldn’t believe his ears but managed to calmly reply, ‘No Father, I think it’ s just a reflection from her shoes’.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the one day of the year when everyone has to chance to be Irish.
Most people however really don’t know what that means, it’s not about drinking green beer or eating corned beef and cabbage. It’s much more than that, so I found this clip on Youtube that explain just how to be Irish in eight easy steps.
Thursday night President Barack Obama will be sitting down with Jay Leno as a guest on “The Tonight Show”. Obama will be using his time with Leno to hawk his economic recovery plan while enjoying the serenades of Garth Brooks.
Obama has visited Leno before, making his first “Tonight Show” appearance in December 2006, when he was plotting his White House bid. Other successful presidential candidates preceded him, including Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
The appearence should be a good one, Obama is know for his wit and charm so I’ll be looking forward to watching the show.