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AIG decides not to lobby politicians anymore
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This would almost be funny if it wasn't so, I don't know, ironically bizarre:
American International Group Inc. [AIG] said it will stop lobbying lawmakers and regulators, after coming under congressional pressure and questioning over how it is using more than $120 billion loaned by the government to keep the company afloat.
Seeing as "we" own AIG now, for all practical matters, it's nice to see that "our" company isn't going to lobby the usual suspects to best protect "our" investment.

Because everyone knows that when it comes to special-interest groups and Congress, "we", as a whole, don't rank very high on the list of priority constituencies. And besides, why would "we" want to lobby ourselves? Does your head hurt yet?
 
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Excellent. Now all those lobbyists can do something useful. I predict they will have successful careers as government communications and liaison specialists who will meet with Congress critters and regulator critters to brief and update them on the progress AIG is making, and let them know what more they might need to once again become successful and independant. They might not even have to change their letterheads.

"why would "we" want to lobby ourselves"

We? Ourselves? Getting a little uppity for one of the peasants, aren’t you? Hmmmppf. As if the government belonged to you. Your job is to pay taxes, theirs is to spend those taxes.
 
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