Putting aside my surprise that the House can actually agree on something quickly (328-93!), this news puts a spring in my step.
Should the President have known about this earlier and worked toward legislation that should have prevented the bonuses being paid in the first place?
Probably. Although do your people tell you everything you need to know?
Does this represent a dangerous precedent of random taxation to promote political will?
Absolutely. But except for the 'random' part, that's what government is supposed to do.
Is extreme taxation legislation a little bit scary for non-welfare folks, given the Democrat's general attitude of 'tax the rich and give to the poor?'
Well, yeah, kind of.
Is it possible that this entire fiasco was engineered as a political move to foster outrage and demonstrate action, or perhaps distract the American people from something more serious (like American tax dollars being used to shore up foreign banks)?
But today I don't care. It just feels good that someone finally got slapped on the wrist for fiscal irresponsibility and highway robbery.