Rich Galen

Got attacked by Germany? Surrendered? No problem, American taxpayers will pay to build enough military equipment and go into harm's way themselves to get you your country back.

Got defeated in a world war? Well, never mind. American taxpayers will pay to rebuild your country after we beat you in a war that you started.

Got involved in some really shady financial dealings like credit default swaps with a group of slick haired, French-cuffed, Italian shoed, monogrammed-shirted, bonus-sucking thugs from AIG? There, there. Not to worry. Step right on over to the third window on the left and pick up your $90 Billion courtesy of American taxpayers.

How is it that someone like, say, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (who was the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank before he joined the Obama Administration) didn't know anything about any of this until last week?

Geithner didn't come to Treasury from being a teller at a local bank in Naperville, Illinois. He was the PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK FED. What the hell was he doing up there?

We know he wasn't doing his taxes. In fact, Geithner went to great lengths NOT to be an American taxpayer.

Here's a good idea: Instead of continuing to pick the pockets of American taxpayers, how about extending the tax cuts which are due to expire next year?

Call it a Taxpayer Retention Bonus.

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