the baby and the bathwater


Give us some help, Barack
January 22, 2009, 3:22 pm
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On his first day in power, Obama has made many decisions. One of his first was to freeze pay for all White Office staff with salaries over $100,000 because of the economic situation. OK, so people earning $100,000 are unlikely to be facing starvation, but it at least draws a line in the sand.

On the same day it is announced that Northern Rock employees in the UK (effectively civil servants) were to get big bonuses.

Unite, the trade union, defended the payments. “Staff at the bank have worked exceptionally hard in extremely difficult circumstances. They have experienced the loss of friends and colleagues through compulsory redundancy yet have continued working solidly,” it said.

How unusual. People having to work hard in difficult circumstances. Perish the thought. No wonder the unions are up in arms.

(Unite is the trade union who’s bosses were said to be enjoying big salaries whilst their members were on minimum wages: According to figures obtained by The Times, Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of Unite, received £89,035 in benefits on top of his £105,217 salary in 2007 – giving him the largest package of any general secretary. His total pay and perks, including pension, housing benefit, employers’ national insurance and car benefit, worked out at £194,252)

As a UK tax payer, I suppose I was hoping that the £20k or so the current bailout is costing me and my family would prompt a response that has more obvious integrity than using some of it to pay bonuses to bankers, who arguably caused the problem in the first place.

Some people may say there is spiritual void in this nation, and there probably is. But it seems that there is a huge leadership void too.

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1 Tim 6: 10 …the love of money is the root of all evil…

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