Quitting and Whining in Public

by Brien Jackson

Without dwelling on it for too long, I have a couple of simpe observations to make about this AIG employee’s resignation letter that was published in the Times today:

1. The underlying assumption seems to be that, even though the company more or less imploded altogether, he still deserved bonus money because he himself didn’t actually have anything to do with it. This is a rather unusual view of the way company finances and bonus money works in most places.

2. The right-wing media’s embrace of this guy is starkly at odds with their fervent belief that unionized auto workers had to take sharp cuts in their compensation in order for their firms to receive government loans, which should put to rest any doubt about where their natural sympathies lie.