Self-employment has its benefits as well as its stresses.  Often, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.  A regular paycheck, fabulous benefits, and an extra fat envelope at Christmas casts a glittering allure over the prospect of being someone else’s employee for a change.

That’s why I’m considering applying for a job at insurance giant AIG.  I have no experience in the field, and no interest in it either.  Therefore, I’m absolutely confident I could help run the company into the ground, thus qualifying for a massive 7 figure bonus. 

For that kind of deal, I can definitely arrange to lose my moral compass too.

I share President Obama’s outrage with millions of other American taxpayers, although shouldn’t someone have attached strings to this bailout money at the outset, like “You will not be allowed to reward executives with bonuses for a year in which they have failed and you can’t throw giant hedonistic holiday parties at luxurious resort locations.  You will be hated for that, and deservedly so.”  Sadly, it’s clear now that yes, such rules have to be spelled out. 

Obama’s hair is looking grayer and the lines in his face are more deeply etched in the two short months since he took office.  And with AIG acting like  an stupid drunken teenager on a joyride in dad’s car, it’s easy to see why.

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