Bailout...a legal way of taking the hard earned dollars of taxpayers and giving the 'big OLE beautiful kids of high finance' their not-so-well earned bonus/retirement/pension/etc. etc. etc. packages. Of course, these are the same people that by comparison have given less, dollar for dollar, into the tax coffers (you just have to love that they are also given monies to hire financial advisers.)
With that said, if you're not too delicate about Bush stuff (and, if you are...get a grip, about time we learn not to fear calling things what they are...a spade is a spade, a shovel is a shovel...and a rose is a rose, etc. etc. etc., consider taking a look at Peter Cohen's comments on www.bloggingstocks.com. As to which color I am...not red, not blue...and certainly not the color (whatever that might be) of follower.
If all the 'little people' worked a 'little slower' and 'borrowed a little more from petty cash' I'm pretty sure a pink slip would have been handed them...not a multi-million dollar payment as incentive to do the jobs they were hired for (at pretty hefty salaries) in the fashion it was suppose to be done.
Is it possible that those that are in charge...and thus, in charge of business failing...are not taken to task...held responsible for the loss of jobs by people who with all earnest try to do the best job and take pride in their work (at salaries that don't always keep up with actual cost of living)...what a train wreck this system is!
I am tired of hearing bailout. Tell me that you have first fired (without quadrillion dollar payouts) those that 'need' further incentive to do their job...for self-satisfaction and genuine pride is not enough for them. Tell me you have let go of the nonsense bennies. Instead of giving a huge bonus to the guys at the top who have the company hanging by a thread...reach out to the workers and reward them for hanging in there and striving to keep the company, and their jobs alive.
This is just the opinion of one old woman...but you know what...be careful. I might one day hit one of those mega lotteries...and, if I take over your company, the first to go (without big bucks) will be the 'kids at the top' who need their delicate little bottoms cushioned.