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No bonuses for jobless, hungry (BARF Alert)
Yahoo News Op/Ed ^ | 12/8/02 | Jill Nelson - USA Today

Posted on 12/08/2002 1:35:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Imagine a place where in two short years a budget surplus has been magically transformed into a deficit. A place where millions of people are jobless, many of them laid off in the past 24 months. Homelessness is steadily increasing, millions of children go to bed hungry and terrorists have recently attacked, killing thousands.

Then imagine that this country's king decides to deny government workers scheduled raises and new government workers civil service protection, but confers upon the appointed members of his court bonuses of up to $25,000.

This is the America we all live in. The Bush administration has quietly started awarding bonuses to political appointees, a practice abandoned during the Clinton administration -- back when the economy was booming, the budget had a surplus and terrorist attacks on American soil were unimaginable.

This is just the latest act of greed and insensitivity from an administration whose very legitimacy, lest we forget the 2000 election, is suspect. Add it to the growing list of outrages: undermined civil and constitutional rights, government surveillance, secret detentions without charges, fouling of the environment.

That doesn't even touch on a post-9/11 foreign policy that, according to a huge survey released this week by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, is rapidly making the United States one of the least favorite nations of much of the world.

Yet Americans, terrified of terrorists, seem unwilling to rein in a president who has little or no respect for the law of the land, the dream of democracy, or, as far as I can tell, the American people.

As so many of us struggle to make ends meet, afraid that it may be our job eliminated in the next round of layoffs, Bush is using our tax dollars to award his political appointees, many of whom already make more than $100,000 a year.

Exactly what have they done so well? Couldn't be the economy, justice system, environment, equal protection. The administration says many of those rewarded are involved in counter-terrorism activities. Funny; I haven't been able to find one person who feels safer now than he or she did a year ago.

Frightened as Americans are of what the future holds, it's time we recognized that not only does our emperor have no clothes -- he's steadily stealing ours.

Jill Nelson is a New York writer and editor.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bonuses; hungry; jobless
Imagine a brain the size of a pinhead ;-)
1 posted on 12/08/2002 1:35:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Imagine a Congress and Senate that's been giving raises to themselves on a regular basis for the longest time - while keeping their military in substandard housing, with substandard hospitals.

Nah, that could never happen.

2 posted on 12/08/2002 1:41:04 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: NormsRevenge
This Jill Nelson is the poster child for America hating leftist crackpots. Vehemently racist, anti-white, anti-American, anti-Capitalism, her columns could be used for recruiting concerned conservatives to the cause of Republicanism. She wins the Susan Sontag award for moral relativism every time she writes a column. Unfortunately, this woman has a daughter. Imagine having Jill Nelson as your mother!!
3 posted on 12/08/2002 1:44:12 PM PST by nwrep
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To: NormsRevenge
My gosh! Can she really believe the crap she has written?

Budget surplus under Sick Willie magically (magically?) transformed into a deficit?

Can Jill not remember back a few years when the Sickster was projecting $200 billion deficits out to infinity? When the Bent One was dragged kicking and screaming into the new world where the budget was going to be balanced regardless of his intention to "invest" in pork?

I don't believe she has much of a grip on the facts.
4 posted on 12/08/2002 1:45:26 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: NormsRevenge
Imagaine all the people... believing Liberal Crap... woo-hoo-ooh...
5 posted on 12/08/2002 1:46:30 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: NormsRevenge
millions of children go to bed hungry

I'd like to she the pinhead prove it. Actually childhood obesity is a worse problem in the US especially with the so-called "poor".

6 posted on 12/08/2002 1:47:02 PM PST by FITZ
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To: NormsRevenge

7 posted on 12/08/2002 1:48:13 PM PST by geedee
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To: NormsRevenge
Clinton administration -- back when the economy was booming, the budget had a surplus and terrorist attacks on American soil were unimaginable.

Ignorance is bliss, but this woman is in paradise.

8 posted on 12/08/2002 1:56:53 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: NormsRevenge
cut taxes for the rich and famous...lol
9 posted on 12/08/2002 1:58:38 PM PST by Bill Davis FR
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To: NormsRevenge
The Homeless are back!
10 posted on 12/08/2002 1:59:35 PM PST by Republic If You Can Keep It
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To: NormsRevenge
Dear Jill Nelson:
I have a very simple question for you.

Explain how it is OK for unemployed, non-tax paying "voters" to collectively mug me and all other taxpayers?

Will wait for an answer

11 posted on 12/08/2002 2:11:15 PM PST by Publius6961
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To: NormsRevenge
Bush is using our tax dollars to award his political appointees, many of whom already make more than $100,000 a year.

I don't know what token writers that get their unsubstantiated drivel published in USA Today get paid these days, but I'll bet Jill makes over 100K a year.

12 posted on 12/08/2002 2:12:49 PM PST by DaBroasta
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To: geedee
Gheeez
Wish you hadn't done that.

Now we'll all be accused of racism!

13 posted on 12/08/2002 2:13:17 PM PST by Publius6961
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To: Bill Davis FR
Didn't Clinton get some kind of tax break or write off for Hollywood's "entertainers"? Maybe we could tax the Hollywood actors a little (or a lot) more ----for the children. We don't want hungry children and look how much money greedy people like Julia Roberts or Alec Baldwin make for one movie. We know they really *care* so they won't object.
14 posted on 12/08/2002 2:14:28 PM PST by FITZ
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To: Republic If You Can Keep It
The Homeless are back!

Yeah funny how there were apparently no homeless as soon as the serial rapist took office--then all of the sudden on January 21, 2000 a million people end-up in the street. Amazing how the mere swearing in of President Bush resulted in all those people becoming homeless. The sad thing of it is that the dumb jackasses in the RAT cult really believe this crap.

16 posted on 12/08/2002 2:19:33 PM PST by DaBroasta
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To: DaBroasta; Republic If You Can Keep It; All
NATIONAL ESTIMATES OF HOMELESSNESS

500,000 - 600,000 (1988)

700,000+/night; 2 million/year (1999)

From http://www.nationalhomeless.org/numbers.html Looks like it went up while Clinton was in white house...

17 posted on 12/08/2002 2:34:09 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: DaBroasta
And this from same site:

A 1997 review of research conducted over the past decade (1987-1997) in 11 communities and 4 states found that shelter capacity more than doubled in nine communities and three states during that time period (National Coalition for the Homeless, 1997). In two communities and two states, shelter capacity tripled over the decade.

18 posted on 12/08/2002 2:36:37 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: nwrep
"imagine" that majority of what she did write is true. Imagine that.......
19 posted on 12/08/2002 2:37:55 PM PST by smokegenerator
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To: JackRyanCIA
she may be a loser in your words and have a differance of opinion with my views. But, she is more successful than you and I.
20 posted on 12/08/2002 2:40:06 PM PST by smokegenerator
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To: nwrep
What you said!
21 posted on 12/08/2002 3:01:01 PM PST by driftless
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To: FITZ
In my part of the country (western Wisconsin) we have a large drive going to "feed the hungry" among the area's population. As I motor around and visit malls and other large gathering places, I'm wondering "where in blazes are all the hungry?" Mostly I see a very large percentage of blimp-sized children and their proportionally jumbo-sized parents. Where are the human wraithes and skeletons hiding? I'd like to see how many actual hungry people there are in my area. I certainly can't find them.
23 posted on 12/08/2002 3:08:51 PM PST by driftless
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To: smokegenerator
Hitler was a success of a sort.
24 posted on 12/08/2002 3:11:23 PM PST by driftless
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To: JackRyanCIA
I get a sense of knowing you plagarizing your nickname and not bright enough to have an original postername.

She is clever enough to reach the media top to rake in the six-figures, clever enough to be heard to soothe and stroke her ego. Fool enough to believe in her twisted liberal views who favors the bad people and tightens the noose on the good people.

26 posted on 12/08/2002 4:21:23 PM PST by smokegenerator
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Imagine NEA cronies sucking up the Department of Education funds on a local basis so they can pay their employees bonuses (not the teachers mind you, the administrators) and in some cases make $80,000 more than a Congressman. Imagine our Coast Guard being asked to defend more coastline with fewer ships and men now than they had in WWII, yet still being asked to prevent incursions. Imagine actually using our tax dollars to pay companies to relocate manufacturing to China and Mexico and then the idiots at the Department of Labor acting "shocked" at the sudden increase in unemployment. Imagine.
27 posted on 12/08/2002 4:35:41 PM PST by Nuke'm Glowing
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To: NormsRevenge
-- back when the economy was booming, the budget had a surplus and terrorist attacks on American soil were unimaginable.

Gee, Jill, your imagination must be a lot more feeble than mine. In 1993 I imagined that Jihadists tried to detonate a bomb beneath the World Trade Center. Just two years later I imagined a truck bomb exploding in front of a government building in Oklahoma, this time with extensive damage and loss of life.

Other products of my busy imagination: tanks, flames, and bodies burned to a crisp at a Texas religious compound, and flak jacketed stormtroopers bursting into a Miami bedroom. I don't suppose those count, since they were carried out by the government and not terrorists.

And all in the administration of the Most Venerated St. William Jefferson of Clinton.

Imagine that.

29 posted on 12/08/2002 8:11:14 PM PST by Denver Ditdat
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To: driftless
I live in one of the economically worst areas where huge numbers of people are collecting welfare, WIC, Food Stamps, there are free breakfasts and lunch at the HeadStarts and schools and all the time they say we've got a problem ---we also have the nation's worse obesity problem, childhood obesity especially. You see the people with carts piled high with cookies, cokes, and ice cream pull out a Lone Star card (food stamps) to pay for it all.
30 posted on 12/09/2002 6:26:27 AM PST by FITZ
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To: smokegenerator
she may be a loser in your words and have a differance of opinion with my views. But, she is more successful than you and I.

I don't think so, Tim.

31 posted on 12/09/2002 7:04:33 AM PST by Go Gordon
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