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(CNN) - Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sat alone at the witness table answering questions and getting an earful from a panel of senators.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, cautioned Geithner that Americans were crazy angry about corporate bailouts.
"I have never - in the 22 years I've been here, I've never seen such anger, with the sense of betrayal, that people in positions of responsibility took advantage of them," said Conrad. "The outrage of people cannot be dismissed."
That was on March 12. It turns out, the next day was when American International Group would award $165 million in bonuses to some 400 employees.
Over the past week, Congress turned the anger over AIG into legislation. The House rushed through a bill to tax bonuses, and the Senate made a similar proposal.