Friday, September 14, 2007

Snow Place For Him In This Administration Any Longer

Presidential spokesperson Tony Snow's last day on that job is today. He's leaving “because he needs to make more money.” Well I say, Are there no workhouses? No prisons?

Perhaps Snow should become a contractor for the US government? Those folks get thrown all kinds of money (all ours) indiscriminately, and without question. Surely there's at least a lucrative lobbying position out there for a man with Snow's pedigree and connections? Damn this economy!!!

PS: I wish I made $168,000 per year! Ungrateful bastard.

14 comments:

LeftLeaningLady said...

Hell, I wish DSD and I made that together!

But, trust me, as a Contractor for the government, not everyone gets rich. I think the actual company I work for is making a bundle, but me? Not so much!

Jack K. said...

Hey, pete, you gotta stop hiding your true feelings. I want to make more money, too.

My dear, old mother frequently reminds me that she likes to print her own money. She thinks the pink color is much more restful than the more traditional stuff. tee hee. snerx. lol

Pete Bogs said...

LLL - he actually has clarified that he could be making more money doing speaking engagements, not that he "needs" more money...

I still think he's a greedy bastard...

jack - send some of that money... I'll give it a spin!

Karen said...

Think maybe his cancer has escalated and he doesn't want to be there under those circumstances.

Pete Bogs said...

karen - if that were true and he were honest about it I'd be a bit more sensitive... as it stands, it sounds like greed more than anything else...

she said...

man! hard hearted, bogshond! he's sick alright. look at him. what's it to you that he wants to make more money? i thought the lib manifesto was all live and let live and no judgement.
to jack: have you ever heard about the artist who creates money and trades you his version for the real deal...i.e., a twenty for a twenty, etc? btw i watched zeitgest last night. i loved it. i disagree with its central thesis, but i enjoyed it and posted about it.

Pete Bogs said...

she - what it is to me is pure greed... John Roberts saying we should pay judges more... Snow saying he needs more money... (these are all in previous posts)

all our government officials make too much money - the salaries should be low to ensure that no one goes into politics for money but for the service to Americans...

they make six figures and complain about it... boo-fucking-hoo... Congress votes its own pay raises but refuses to raise the average man's salary for a decade... politicos are greedy and corrupt and we don't help them by paying them high salaries and giving them the power to raise them... I can't say this any clearer: fuck them!

as for Snow being sick, no, I haven't noticed that... I heard he had cancer but I don't watch TV news... haven't seen the man much... if health issues are a problem, you'd think based on the fact that he works for the highest power in the land he'd have some decent health insurance... so he wouldn't have to go find a better paying job... alas, good health insurance is not a Republicant value... wait, I take that back, I think it's included in government employees' compensation packages... an "entitlement" if you will... no wonder they can't feel sorry for the rest of us when it's just handed to them like that...

Bird said...

as a teacher, i must ask this rhetorical question:

WHAT IS MONEY????

but i agree with she - the guy is sick - and i thought that was the reason he was leaving.

i have no love for snow (except in the mountains, at the appropriate time of year), but i wish him success in his battle against cancer. it ain't fun.

bogs, bogs, bogs - you are giving us bleeding-heart, wimpy libs a bad reputation!

flap/flap/swoosh!

Pete Bogs said...

bird - therein lies a problem... if he's sick, he should've just said it... you never get a straight answer out of anyone... I'm leaving "to spend more time with family" or "because I need to make more money..." not "because I banged a hooker" or "because I am sick"

I hate the BS people spew...

Aunty Belle said...

Bawgs, I'se agreein' that public officials is paid too much--they are snuffin' it up at our expense and I think we ought cut all public employees salaries by 15 %. (Not those on wages) But I wanna let ya know that Snow doan make as much as some local city frauds do....


Snow did say he were low down sick--6 months ago, an' it'sprogressive, few survive this kind of cancer though it can be delayed a year or so...Snow jes' wants to make more so he can leave his family more.

An' Sugar, gracious, it ain't Uncle Sam's bidness to pay us'uns more--thas' the bidness of our employers. We have the low unemployment now--meanin' that most who want work, have work. Iffin' ya raise the minimum too high. employers stop hirin'--they cain't afford it.

THis is the asphalt truth:
Cousin Willie is thinkin' ter let junior secretary go, on account of her is moaning that her 32k salary ain't enough. What Willie done tole her is that she makes more' 32k...she jes' doan see it. It goes to her 401 and her health care & dental care and social security, workman's comp... See, when Willie cuts her position, he is gonna save 45k.

she said...

grrherhaha! i agree with you...politicians shouldnt get in it for the salary...and they dont. they get in it for the connections...the contracts...the speaking engagements.

snow is leaving to make more money in the private sector ..the market will determine his worth just as it does for you and i. if you want to examine greed in american politics tony snow would come in way low on the totem.

i dont know about health care and republicants but i can tell you that universal health care will be pre-paid not free and if it is managed as effectively as they run the post office i will be expatriating myself to sierra leone.

Pete Bogs said...

aunt b - restaurants don't charge what they did ten years ago, but pay their employees the same as they did then... that's not right... costs go up for employers, but they also go up for employees... you can't leave them behind... and I don't buy this alarmist "everyone will go out of business if we raise wages" stuff... it's self-serving business rhetoric...

I've heard that 401k, etc. argument from employers before... directly, as a matter of fact... we got a memo at my last job which outlined all the other expenses that an employer pays out for their people... this was unprecedented, and we all could read between the lines: "Sure, none of you have had raises in a few years (the truth), but just look at these other costs, you ungrateful bastards..." needless to say, it was not appreciated by many... I can't pay the rent or make a car payment on BENEFITS, folks... I need ACTUAL MONEY to do that...

notice, folks, that I never mentioned cancer in this short post... read it again... this was not about me being insensitive, this was about others being greedy... if cancer was the issue, he should say it, not continue to BS as he has with just about everything else he has on that job...

she - Tony is low-hanging fruit, but he's also in the news right now... seemed a good time to talk about him - you know, as a nice send-off for his last day at work... the market won't always bare the worth of any worker - most would probably say this, but I am WAY underpaid... "just barely making ends meet" underpaid... something happens to me health-wise I will be a "SiCKO" material - drowning in debt...

if we go universal in the model of other countries, it would probably mean higher taxes... some, I imagine, see more benefit than detriment there... a "greater good" kind of thing... some could even see it as patriotic to pay higher taxes so we all can be healthier, but even to patriotic consternos that's heresy...

Bird said...

i disagree with you on the benefits thing here bogs. benefits are a big part of your compensation.

thank god the California State University pays for my health care plan (in full - not one dime out of my paycheck). before, i was paying $380 a month for a COBRA - and i can tell you- that hurt! so i count those medical benefits as part of my compensation. that's a big chucnk of change a month that i have now in my pocket - because i have benefits.

when i worked for McGrawHill, they contributed to my 401K in quite a handsome way. and yes, we all need to pay our bills, but darlin', your dotage comes up a helluva lot faster than you realize and if your employer is contributing to your retirement plan - that's less money out of your pocket you need to sock away.

but i do think, regardless of the benefits package, you still need to earn a living wage. and teachers by and large don't (especially in the Bay Area).

by the way AB, i read somewhere (wish i could get my hands on the stat) that although by the books, unemployment is down and more people are working, they are not working at a job that pays them a living wage - we have more people slipping into working poverty - and far too many people working two jobs just to make a bit above what the government counts as poverty level.

it's not enough to just have a job - you gotta be able to live with it.

Pete Bogs said...

bird - I've been on COBRA, too... it's a lot of money... benefits are good but can't replace actual money - you can't pay rent with your PTO...

401(k) is a good thing... I have one... but keep in mind this is what companies are throwing at us instead of pensions nowadays... companies are making more money now - you have these multination companies making billions - yet they're paying out LESS to employees... again, the word is greed... they used to do pensions, now they do 401(k) - which is our own money anyway! company match helps a little...