The 85 Billion dollar bailout of AIG is hard to figure. Even after the announcement, the total market value of AIG is only about 6 billion dollars...see the market cap at Yahoo Finance.
So who is helped by heaping 85 billion into a company worth 6 billion? The taxpayer? Not really. Our little accounts are mostly FDIC insured. The big retirement accounts like CALPERS? No. Those guys have ridden AIG stock down all the way from $70 per share to the $2 a share it is today. So for them it's already a total loss. This entire bailout is about protecting legacy interests: those people and companies that feed our elected officials need for campaign cash.
We need to stop supporting companies that have already failed by throwing money into a building that is already on fire.