Bruce Bartlett on the de facto bill of attainder against AIG bonus-earners:

Ironically, Barack Obama may save the Republicans from their own craven cowardice. He and his advisers have signaled that the administration has serious problems with the confiscatory tax bill--including doubts about its constitutionality. Liberal legal scholar Lawrence Tribe thinks the 90% tax might violate the Constitution's prohibition against bills of attainder--laws that single out specific people for punishment. It's appalling that 85 Republican congressmen never gave any thought to this consideration in their rush to pander to ignorant fools.

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