Schumer the bonus hunter


Filed Under General on Mar 17 

I have two additions to Senator UpChuck Schumer’s greatest hits collection.

First is his declaration – made at the height of the debate over Plan Porkulus that:

let me say this, to all of the chattering class, that so much focuses on those little, tiny — yes, porky — amendments: The American people really don’t care.

The second, and much more chilling if you think about it, was UpChuck’s warning to those dirty, rotten, stinking, filthy rich evil AIG employees about what would happen to them if they didn’t “voluntarily” return their ill gotten (but perfectly legal) bonuses:

They should voluntarily return them. If they don’t, we plan to tax virtually all of it. To those of you getting these bonuses: be forewarned, you will not be getting to keep them.

Today, boneheaded AIG execs are on the hit list of UpChuck Schumer, Dusty Harry, and even Missouri’s own Claire McCaskill. They say they’re only trying to do justice for the American Taxpayer. Protecting the taxpayer is justification for almost anything. It’s almost the same as saying they’re doing it “for the children”.

These perpetually outraged leftists will no doubt sleep well if they are able to, under cover of tax legislation, suck the filthy bonus lucre from the wallets of these evil AIG execs. Team Obama, The Pelosi, Dusty Harry and Company will take pride in the fact they have punished the fat cats.

Ponder this for a moment, though. Once they’ve sucked dry the filthy lucre bonuses, what’s to stop them from targeting another group of Americans they feel have come by their wealth in a way which perturbs the sensibilities of those with the destroying power to tax? Who’s next on the list? Talk show hosts? Moderate Philadelphia Phillies fanatics? New York Times bestselling authors with a politcal sideblog? And people wonder why I blog behind an alias.

If I may be so bold, and credit be to Geraghty for thinking of it first, dispensing punishment – however noble it may appear – isn’t the job of any of the aforementioned individuals. You see, “bills of attainder” have been illegal since 1787. This knowledge, however, would require an actual reading of this nation’s founding legal framework.

UpChuck doesn’t care about the unconstitutional aspects of his revenge plan. UpChuck is all about UpChuck – nothing new about that at all.