Aside from McCain’s new $300 billion bailout plan for homeowners, the AIG Junket was the big news of tonight’s debate for me. I missed this story earlier in the day. However, Jim Zarroli over at NPR seems to think it isn’t a big deal:

Obama talked about AIG executives on a junket which was apparently true, but they were from the clean side of the company, the insurance side, not financial products division. That’s an important distinction.Jim Zarroli
NPR

So, Jim would have you believe that the $85 billion bailout of AIG is going to be given only to the “clean side” of the company. Those dirty bastards over in financial services won’t get to see a dime of it? Uh, how about this, Jimbo: Bullshit! That isn’t how it works and you know it. If we had not bailed out the “bad” side, the “good” side would not have had the $443,344 to spend on the junket in the first place.

This is, pure and simple, you and I paying for $3 per minute (!) massages for the assholes that didn’t have the courage to stop their co-workers from running the nation’s largest insurer into the ground.

Not nearly good enough, Congress. Not nearly good enough, AIG. I want my money back!