I have to imagine that continued articles on financial services bonuses (like this one on AIG planning bonuses of $165 million in today's New York Times) will provoke more outrage and suspicion of the financial bailouts being offered to the largest firms while individuals continue to lose their houses. I don't care if these were legally obligated, these executives were also legally obligated to perform adequately. I'm sure a good lawyer could make the case that the legal obligations were broken on both sides. For example, what would happen in a bankruptcy? It is not clear to me that they would need to be paid.
There is so much more to write here, but I'd better post this now and return later as I have to get lunch ready now (mundane but true).