First he denied that he hadn't introduced the clause that protected those AIG bonuses and now he has had to admit to CNN that, yes, he was the one who put that language in the bill.Now he's blaming the Treasury Department for forcing him to amend his amendment to put in the date of February 11 which protected those who received bonuses before then. Hey, he's still responsible for what he did and "The Treasury made me do it" isn't much of a defense.
And are we ever going to get a straight answer from Timothy Geithner about why Treasury was pushing for such language? And perhaps he can answer why the Treasury Department learned of the AIG bonuses 10 days before Geithner says he learned about them. Did staffers just neglect to tell the Secretary of the memo from the New York Fed telling them about this issue and that it was a political hot potato? If that is the level of competence over there while Geithner labors on without any senior aides, should we trust other decisions coming out of the place?
This is what you get when you have one-party control and they all negotiate with themselves and then pass their emergency stimulus bill without input from the other party. The Republicans created messes when they had sole control and now the Democrats own this mess. They wrote the bill and they pushed it through without the debate and regular legislative procedure that might have brought such provisions to light ahead of the vote.