The Rachel Maddow Show | January 08, 2013
>>> we're now leaner and focused on what we do best.
>> we have repaid every dollar.
>> everything, plus a profit of more than two billion.
>> for the american people , we turned it around.
>> thank you, america .
>> thank you.
>>> no, thank you. that is the insurance company , aig , thanking america for the taxpayer-funded bailout, in an ad that it started running on new year's day, after the treasury sold off its final stake in the insurance company last month. thank you, america . that ad has been running during college football games, during nfl playoff games , on news networks, even including this one. it is a two-week tv campaign for the insurance giant to not only show gratitude but maybe rebuild their image a bit, after one of the biggest and most wildly unpopular bailouts of all time. so how is it going so far? well, half way into the public relations endeavor, indebted for us all for saving them from financial ruin, well, this is how it is going. thank you, america , now we may sue you to try to squeeze some more cash out of you. the board of aig looking into a lawsuit on behalf of shareholders. the lawsuit contends the taxpayers' rescue of the company cheated shareholders and violated their rights. in a statement today, aig said the board will make a decision in the next several weeks. the white house has declined to comment on the issue saying the lawsuit is still pending. but we do have this. we do have a comment from the person president obama tasked with inventing an entirely new government agency to protect us all from predators and negligent companies in the financial sector , outside who last week became a united states senator , senator elizabeth warren said beginning in 2008 , the federal government poured billions into aig to save it from bankruptcy. their debts nearly crashed our entire economy. the taxpayers across the country saved aig from ruin, and it would be outrageous for them to sue the federal government because they think the deal was not good enough. they have a stealth bailout, propping up aig . aig should thank american taxpayers for their help, not biting the hand that helped them in a crisis. and as satisfying as the comment is for its smack down nature, it didn't just happen because of an act of god. the meltdown was caused by the recklessness of aig and other companies on wall street that played fast and loose with the rules, and now would prefer even fewer rules to regulate their actions, because their actions are always so responsible. senator warren's opponent in the recent election was scott brown , who was the top beneficiary of the donations in the senate. but scott brown lost, and lost to elizabeth warren . and so today it was elizabeth warren and not scott brown , opening up her new office in massachusetts, a new senator who represents the state of massachusetts , who is not wall street 's favorite senator, like scott brown was. and who has a perch that can argue that they would probably make unopposed. elections, consequences. tada! . "the