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    Barney Frank (D-Idiot) introduces the "Pay for Performance Act of 2009", which would allow the government to set all salaries of all employees...

    It was nearly two weeks ago that the House of Representatives, acting in a near-frenzy after the disclosure of bonuses paid to executives of AIG, passed a bill that would impose a 90 percent retroactive tax on those bonuses. Despite the overwhelming 328-93 vote, support for the measure began to collapse almost immediately. Within days, the Obama White House backed away from it, as did the Senate Democratic leadership. The bill stalled, and the populist storm that spawned it seemed to pass. But now, in a little-noticed move, the House Financial Services Committee, led by chairman Barney Frank, has approved a measure that would, in some key ways, go beyond the most draconian features of the original AIG bill. The new legislation, the "Pay for Performance Act of 2009," would impose government controls on the pay of all employees -- not just top executives -- of companies that have received a capital investment from the U.S. government. It would, like the tax measure, be retroactive, changing the terms of compensation agreements already in place. And it would give Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner extraordinary power to determine the pay of thousands of employees of American companies.
    The purpose of the legislation is to "prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards," according to the bill's language. That includes regular pay, bonuses -- everything -- paid to employees of companies in whom the government has a capital stake, including those that have received funds through the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or TARP, as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    The measure is not limited just to those firms that received the largest sums of money, or just to the top 25 or 50 executives of those companies. It applies to all employees of all companies involved, for as long as the government is invested. And it would not only apply going forward, but also retroactively to existing contracts and pay arrangements of institutions that have already received funds.
    In addition, the bill gives Geithner the authority to decide what pay is "unreasonable" or "excessive." And it directs the Treasury Department to come up with a method to evaluate "the performance of the individual executive or employee to whom the payment relates."
    The bill passed the Financial Services Committee last week, 38 to 22, on a nearly party-line vote. (All Democrats voted for it, and all Republicans, with the exception of Reps. Ed Royce of California and Walter Jones of North Carolina, voted against it.)
    The legislation is expected to come before the full House for a vote this week, and, just like the AIG bill, its scope and retroactivity trouble a number of Republicans. "It's just a bad reaction to what has been going on with AIG," Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey, a committee member, told me. Garrett is particularly concerned with the new powers that would be given to the Treasury Secretary, who just last week proposed giving the government extensive new regulatory authority. "This is a growing concern, that the powers of the Treasury in this area, along with what Geithner was looking for last week, are mind boggling," Garrett said.
    Rep. Alan Grayson, the Florida Democrat who wrote the bill, told me its basic message is "you should not get rich off public money, and you should not get rich off of abject failure." Grayson expects the bill to pass the House, and as we talked, he framed the issue in a way to suggest that virtuous lawmakers will vote for it, while corrupt lawmakers will vote against it.
    "This bill will show which Republicans are so much on the take from the financial services industry that they're willing to actually bless compensation that has no bearing on performance and is excessive and unreasonable," Grayson said. "We'll find out who are the people who understand that the public's money needs to be protected, and who are the people who simply want to suck up to their patrons on Wall Street."
    After the AIG bonus tax bill was passed, some members of the House privately expressed regret for having supported it and were quietly relieved when the White House and Senate leadership sent it to an unceremonious death. But populist rage did not die with it, and now the House is preparing to do it all again.

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    This is what you get from people who have never worked a non-government sector job or owned a business in their adult lives.

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    Wonder if they would then later try to expand that to say that includes any group, individual, or entity that has received federal grant money?? Can anyone see where I'm going here?? Does anyone think this wouldn't be a natural progression for our new "socialist" government??
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    I thought they already had something like this. Seems it goes like this:
    Transfer everything you own into someone elses name
    Move into government housing
    Sit around and have babies
    and sell dope
    I think they call it Welfare?? Oh...wait, that's the "pay for NO performance act"

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    This shit is scary, no matter who you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morris View Post
    This is what you get from people who have never worked a non-government sector job or owned a business in their adult lives.
    He did too have a real job....he ran a whorehouse for his gay friends in his upscale home. If that isn't free enterprise, I don't know what is.


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    I have a bit different take on this... The companies who opt for government handouts deserve what they get, and vice-versa.

    Hopefully, most businesses from now on will have the sense to do the right thing and declare bankruptcy if they get into trouble, rather than asking for a penny of government money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg View Post
    Wonder if they would then later try to expand that to say that includes any group, individual, or entity that has received federal grant money?? Can anyone see where I'm going here?? Does anyone think this wouldn't be a natural progression for our new "socialist" government??
    Like law enforcement agencies?
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