What everyone should be learning from the AIG mess:
Congress: If you give a company money, they might not do what you want them to do with it. So don't give money to failing companies.
Failing companies: If you accept money from the government, they might tell you what to what to do with it. It's better to declare bankruptcy and start from stratch than it is to go down this road.
Executives: If you work for a firm that accepts bailout funds, you may have to give your bonus back. Consider signing on with a different company.
Successful companies: Consider what the inflation rate is going to be before issuing any loans or buying bonds.