Rich Galen

Welcome to the People's Republic of the United States of America where the government owns everything.

Latest case-in-point is this AIG outfit. American International Group which, I have on good authority, has nothing whatever to do with American International Pictures which made all those B and C movies when we were kids.

AIG is the the biggest insurance outfit this side of Saturn and were just one more huge organization which your federal government determined was "too big to fail."

We - you and I - lent AIG $85 Billion. So they wouldn't fail.

What the …

Two things have happened since you and I did that.

First, AIG hosted a party. A par-TEE in California which, the LA Times described, thus:

Congressional investigators released AIG documents … showing that the company paid more than $440,000 for the event, including nearly $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals, $23,000 in spa charges and almost $7,000 for golf outings.

I know that spas exist at these resorts, and I know they exist because they are a profit center for these resorts. What I don't know is what happens at these spas and I really don't understand what happens at these spas which is worth twenty-three grand.

So, AIG needs E-I-G-H-T-Y F-I-V-E B-I-L-L-I-O-N D-O-L-L-A-R-S from you and me, and then throws itself a par-TEE. According to those documents the total of the Par-TEE was $443,343.71. Nearly a Half Million of OUR dollars.

But wait! There's more!

The second thing is this: According to USA Today yesterday, "Less than a month after receiving an emergency $85 billion federal loan, crippled insurance titan American International Group may borrow up to $37.8 billion more from the Federal Reserve."

So, we lent them $85 billion, then they had a party in California and now they need another $38 billion (give or take) and … ?

How about this? How about let AIG go under? How about we let them and anyone they've done business with put their stuff in a cardboard box and stand on the street to hail a taxi home.

Or walk.

But that's not all.

Now, the U.S. Treasury is considering buying banks. Buying banks. That is to say that if Bob's Bank in Godknowswhere, West Wiscarolina is going under, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is considering bailing out Bob's Bank by buying it.

Here's the Washington Post's take on this excellent new obligation you and I are about to take on :

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at