Rich Galen

The Bush administration is hammering out the final details of a plan that would allow the government to inject cash into banks in exchange for ownership stakes in an effort to shore up confidence in the faltering financial system, according to officials and sources who have been in contact with the Treasury Department.

I do not want to own Bob's Bank. Or any other bank. Especially if the geniuses who have been running the bank have run the bank into the ground.

What am I missing here?

If you read the WashPost's report on what the Administration is now proposing, you and I are going to be on the hook for the banks' bad loans. But, because our money is not THEIR money, the Post reports "What is less clear is what strings would be attached, particularly regarding the compensation of top executives at participating banks."

Here's my plan for compensation of top execs at participating banks: Nothing. Nada. Zero. Bubkis. Not a farthing.

If those executives don't like my compensation plan? They can quit. They can leave in a huff. If they don't like that, they can leave - in the words of the Marx Brothers - they can leave in a minute an a huff.

We'll get someone else. How about the guy who slices the bagels at the breakfast place on Pennsylvania Avenue? He cannot possibly do any worse than the slug with an MBA from Harvard.

Am I wrong?

I want the people who got us into this mess drawn and quartered. I do not want them to go to the Spa at some five star hotel in California on my dime.

Or yours.

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