From the Arizona Republican Party:
Wednesday, March 24, 2009
DEMOCRATS PROPOSE SHREDDING CONSTITUTION IN EFFORT TO SAVE FACE
Phoenix, AZ – Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, and treasurer of the Republican National Committee, was critical of the Democrats move to seize bonus money paid to AIG employees by legislating punitive tax code.
Pullen believes, as do many others, that passing legislation specifically targeting AIG executives would constitute a “bill of attainder” meaning that a group of people have been found guilty of a crime without having been given a fair trial by a court of law. Article I, section 9, clause 3 of the United States Constitution reads: “No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”
“Using the power of their office to go after individual Americans who have upset them is frightening. It is AIG employees this week and maybe it will be Ford employees next month or maybe Google executives who have angered them about something else next year. This is no way to run a third world country let alone the United States of America.”
Congressional Democrats are in a frenzy to fix this glaring political error on their part. As has been reported, U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), introduced language into the stimulus bill protecting these employee bonuses. Now Democrats want to tax them away in order to cover up the misdeeds of one of their own. “They are willing to trample the constitution and set a dangerous precedent for this country,” said Pullen.
While the Democrats may feel pious and exonerated by their actions, it is contrary to the very fabric on which our great republic was founded. Perhaps next time, the Democrats will do a better job of reading and reviewing, and understanding the ramifications of legislation they pass before it becomes law,” concluded Pullen.