Rabu, 18 Januari 2012

Obama Administration Gets Bonuses While Teachers, Police Officers And Firefighters Get Laid Off

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

Yesterday, a librarian told me of lay offs that hit the library. People that lost their jobs yesterday, after years of service, because of government cuts. I did not like this, as libraries are great and instrumental in kids and adults expanding their education. Days ago, I saw stories of police officers and firefighters losing their jobs in layoffs as well. Yet, just last week, I read of Obama Administration officials and Congress receiving raises and bonuses totaling millions in taxpayer money.

The government is mismanaging taxpayer money and funds are not reaching the people that need it most to keep the country financially afloat. Wasteful, useless government initiatives that gave billions in taxpayer money to green initiatives and other strange start ups, only for them to fail, while jobs vital to the economy, such as those of teachers, police officers and firefighters are written off in layoffs.

It is infuriating. What exactly is the government doing, because it makes no sense to people with common sense. Furthermore, if the government had not given billions in taxpayer money to green initiatives and agreed to tax increases on America's wealthiest people three years ago when the Judiciary Report suggested both items, there would be enough money to protect the aforementioned vital jobs. Now the government is resorting to laying off teachers, police and firefighters, which is unthinkable.


Bankrupt Solyndra seeking to pay bonuses - Court’s OK sought for ‘incentive plan’

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - Now seems an unlikely time for handing out bonuses at bankrupt Solyndra LLC, but that’s the plan of company attorneys intending to dole out up to a half-million dollars to persuade key employees to stay put. Nearly two dozen Solyndra employees could receive bonuses ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 each under a proposal filed by Solyndra’s attorneys in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.


Vermont delegation rewarded staffers with $236,830 in bonuses

Jan. 16, 2012 | - Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, left, gave 29 of his personal office staffers bonuses ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 last year, totaling $138,830. Sen. Bernie Sanders, right, gave $2,000 bonuses to 32 people on his personal staff, totaling $64,000. WASHINGTON — As demands for fiscal austerity dominated debate in Washington, Vermont’s three congressional lawmakers gave their staffers a combined $236,830 in bonuses last year. Many other congressional lawmakers also rewarded staffers with year-end bonuses, and the Vermont lawmakers found other ways to save. Each will return a significant amount of unspent office money — about 10 percent of their budgets — to the federal government.


Taxpayers fund more than $200,000 in bonuses for congressional staffers of the VT delegation

Posted at 3:30 pm on January 16, 2012 - Why not a membership to the jelly-of-the-month club? After all, that’s “the gift that keeps on giving!” But, no, nothing so affordable for the members of the staffs of three Vermont congressmen:



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