Thursday, March 19, 2009

An AIG contest: How do you spell LYNCH MOB?

For any legal eagles out there today (especially any like me who are kicking yourself for not getting your NCAA tournament office pool bracket card in on time), here's a contest putting your fine skills to the test:

Just answer the following question: How many reasons can you find to argue that the attached bill, which passed the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., today by a vote of 328 to 93, is UNconstitutional? You get extra credit for violations of the Bill of Rights in particular.

The bill is called: "A Bill to Impose an Additional Tax on Bonuses Received from Certain TARP Recipients." Here's the link: Click Here for the text and Here for the official summary. It's just five short pages, but with lots to pick from. The bill was introduced by Congressman Charles Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee joined by a long list of co-sponsors, proud patriots all. It's aimed at an insurance company called AIG that's taken lots of money from the government during the past few months. Maybe you've heard of them?

Have fun. I'll post some of the best entries that come in over the next few days. (And, yes, anonymous is fine. Send to me at

All the best. --KenA

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