The Washington Times - November 11, 2008, 08:33AM

At a recent Adventurers Anonymous meeting:

“Hi, my name AIG, and I am an adventurer.  Risky business ventures excite me.  ‘The riskier, the better,’ I’d say.  For a long time I didn’t think I had a problem.  I thought I could handle it.  I told myself I could stop anytime I really wanted to.

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“I’d see a risky business venture, and I’d say, ‘Hey, that looks like fun.’  And I’d jump in, only to find that I was in way over my head.  I always thought, ‘It’s OK.  You’ve got plenty of assets.’  And I’d just keep on going.

“Then the assets started running dry, and I thought, ‘It’s OK.  AIG is still a great brand.’  And I’d keep on going.  Then investors started questioning the brand.  And I thought, “It’s OK.  The government will bail me out because I’m too big to fail.’

“And that’s why I’m here tonight, because I think the government is beginning to catch on.”