Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Times today posted this letter of resignation from an AIG executive. He makes the case in defense of at least some of those executives. I have yet to see how this letter is received in the blogosphere. I do not expect a backlash against AIG bashing.
I know that because of hard work I have benefited more than most during the economic boom and have saved enough that my family is unlikely to suffer devastating losses during the current bust. Some might argue that members of my profession have been overpaid, and I wouldn’t disagree.That is why I have decided to donate 100 percent of the effective after-tax proceeds of my retention payment directly to organizations that are helping people who are suffering from the global downturn. This is not a tax-deduction gimmick; I simply believe that I at least deserve to dictate how my earnings are spent, and do not want to see them disappear back into the obscurity of A.I.G.’s or the federal government’s budget. Our earnings have caused such a distraction for so many from the more pressing issues our country faces, and I would like to see my share of it benefit those truly in need.On March 16 I received a payment from A.I.G. amounting to $742,006.40, after taxes.