American International Group, the insurer that has received more than $170 billion in taxpayer bailout money from the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, plans to pay about $165 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse last year.
And then there’s north Clark County wingnut outrage.
But the 18th Legislative District’s three Republican lawmakers were spending this particular Saturday afternoon deep in the belly of Southwest Washington conservatism — feeling its bile and talking to its ribs.
They were, in other words, at Battle Ground City Hall.
“There are 15 and a half million illegals in this country that are taking American jobs right now!” boomed Chuck Miller of Camas, a flag pin on his Minutemen Border Patrol baseball cap, to applause and murmured amens.
In the audience, small-business owners and retirees passed around John Birch Society literature and chatted about conservative icons like Michael Savage and Maricopa, Ariz., County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Well, I do understand the need for the Birchers to do something about the Soviet Union, it’s a real threat. If we don’t win in Vietnam the dominoes will tumble and there will be commies invading through Central America and Mexico any day.
Pass the black helicopters, please.