I am amazed that almost no one has commented on the government getting its hands deeper into everyone's daily and financial situations. We should be hesitant to allow the federal government to be in a position where it can dictate the terms of contracts and agreements.
I (like everyone else) was livid about the AIG bonus structure. The real problem arises when this type of government "control" is allowed to take place without the say of the people!
I grow more nervous every day that I continue to hear the private business people all over the country. Does anyone know what socialism is? Do we want to become like the French? No matter if you work twice as hard as another person at the same position, you are compensated equally by your employer. Have we forgotten what made this democracy great? Hard work! I agree with the principle that if I work longer and harder than you, I should be paid as such. We are really in a bad place in this country, not only financially, but morally as well. We need to look to the underlying issues, and stop being so fast to take money from government sources.
I believe that if you are unable to maintain a profit sufficient to keep your business running, close. Please, let's not become completely dependent on Uncle Sam. We now will have the Chinese loans hanging over our heads (nothing like leverage). Think, think!