They just figured this out? During the bruhaha surrounding bonuses paid by AIG, reports the Washington Post:
The attack by lawmakers on AIG pay has provoked renewed complaints from some financial company executives that federal involvement in business decisions is making it difficult for struggling firms to return to profitability. In particular, executives say they need to offer bonuses to keep and motivate their most valuable employees and are already seeing an exodus of talent.
Duh, how could anyone in business not expect federal interference? The government constantly meddles even when it is not bailing out everyone hither and yon. But if it's paying the corporate bills, how could anyone expect it not to get involved?
I have a novel idea. Maybe business should stop going to Uncle Sam hat-in-hand asking for taxpayer alms.