That's the side of the story the media and the sanctimonious members of Congress haven't bothered to tell the American people because they don't dare. If they did the anger might be directed at them, where the blame lies.
Congressmen have a tendency to react, and we, unfortunately, tend to over-react with them because that's what we do when we are mad. The problem with anger is when you are mad you make terrible decisions.
When you are angry at your children you say and do things you'd never do or say when you aren't mad. Ditto with your spouse. The fact is, you can't make sensible decisions when you are on fire.
That's what's going on here. You have a government and a slavishly subservient media pointing the finger of blame at AIG. As a result, spurred on by duplicitous members of Congress and their media stooges, you are enraged at AIG and their bonus recipients such as Jake DeSantis, and not at such miscreants as Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, who were among the real villains behind the financial meltdown.
Lost in the shuffle is the fact that it was Dodd who wrote the legislation that required AIG to pay the disputed bonuses in the first place.
As a result of your anger, you are willing to allow Dodd and Frank and their congressional colleagues and President Obama to burn down AIG and slander some of their executives when the blame lies elsewhere, on Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Don't get mad, folks, get even.