July 10, 2009
Posted: 1540 GMT

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Global Thinker   July 10th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

Thank you, Hala, for the thought provoking question. As I understand, people, who earn respect, reputation and trust, tend to deserve and perhaps need more money in life. Perhaps that is where bonus programs come in. I may be wrong, but I guess government funding has little to do with it.

Marion, an American in France   July 10th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

If the CEO's had "done a good job" the company wouldn't need to be propped up by the citizens of the US!

Onyl Malabanan   July 10th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

I am in favor of providing bonuses if these employees did their job right and is helping the company get back to profitability – responsibly.

There is a difference between giving out bonuses for performance to help the company grow and those other previous bonuses when they leave the company due to failure. For those who really work hard and is making an improvement, the they deserve it. For the latter ones, I am totally against it.

Jean Jacques Uzabumuhire   July 10th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

Absolutely not... These leaders receiving bonuses are the same leaders that took AIG into crisis... They should be ashamed of taking theses bonuses...

Vic Benedicto   July 10th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

Bonuses are ok. as long as th ey come from the income of the company.
NOt taxpayer's money...

Bruggen Marc   July 10th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

They would give better bonuses to companies that despite the crisis,
keep their people in employment.
Throughout the crisis, we heard that workers being fired and never the CEO's.
And in most cases, the CEOs responsible for the bad situation in which companies are stranded.

Bye bye from Belgium.

Sandy - an American in Brazil   July 10th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Absolutely NOT! AIG and all other companies that received taxpayer bailout monies should be GRATEFUL for the money they received and grateful they still have a job! Their behavior is unconsciable, and it is evident they have no scrupples, and no allegiance to their country or to their countrymen.

Sam4Just   July 12th, 2009 9:06 am ET

Bonuses are just not reward performance but also sustain the best to compete. In this highly competent world, one can't expect the talents will stay in static companies and "no bonus" is one of the prescription for "collapse". I am for a fair, affordable and competitive bonus scheme.

ayuk jackson   July 13th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

The hypocrytical west is sitting quiet now because China has influence in their trades but if one person dies in Iran the world western world will call it outrageous or dispeakable. when are we going to look at people on the face inspite their position and tell them something is wrong

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