You need motivation, asshole?
Let me see if I have this right.
The talent at AIG needs motivation of $175 million to retain the financial geniuses that got us into this mess. Some of them need a couple mil each, they are that skilled. Now when we have a national emergency such as helping the Iraqis achieve democracy, we round up cops and fireman, who are also guardsman, and send them on two and three tours of combat duty. We also keep them beyond their enlistment dates.
Let's look at history
In 1952, the US steelworkers went on strike. National wage controls had been reimposed to keep inflation in check during the Korean War. That was a financial emergency. Let me repeat, it was a national financial emergency. The USWA negotiators asked U.S. Steel for a large 30-cent per hour wage increase. The government recommended a 16.5 cent increase. Big steel said nada. Congress then threatened to overturn any Board agreement.
On March 8, 1952, President Truman nationalized the American steel industry, the courts intervened and Truman began preparations to draft the steelworkers into the army under the provisions of the Selective Service Act.
We have precedent. Here goes.
Draft the geniuses at AIG into the army. Pay them an E-4 rate and let them out when they clear up the mess. That should be all the motivation that they need.