I, like a lot of folks, stayed up and watched the President of the United States on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. Now maybe I'm old fashioned, but I really think that it's beneath the office of the President to go on a late night talk show. Candidates, sure. But if the President wants to use Jay Leno as a vehicle to push his domestic policies, then you bring Leno to you. The questions, by the way, were SOOOOO scripted that Obama didn't need his famous teleprompter--he had a script that he had ample time to memorize.
It was interesting to see how he dodged the question (which I was frankly surprised made the script) about the retroactive, unConstitutional income tax being levied on the AIG executives. Do I think that they should have gotten such large bonuses--no, I don't. However, Chris Dodd and the rest of the Congress as well as the President are culpable--the problem being that no one had time to read the "Stimulus" package and no one definitely had any time to read the fine print inserted into the legislation.
But to say that because the money was taxpayer money and so we're taking it back has opened a whole can of worms. Does this mean that any taxpaying body can have their money taken away if they happen to earn the ire of the Congress?? Does this mean that all public servants, especially Federal public servants, can have their salaries taken away or cut at will since they are paid via taxpayer funds?? To pass such a piece of knee-jerk legislation (and have the majority of the American taxpaying public applaud) shows a total and utter lack of reality check or impulse control in the House and a total cluelessness on a the part of the American public.
4 months ago