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The media and our government keep the papers full of outlandish cash payouts. Insurance companies, greedy CEOs and doctors have certainly been painted as villains during our current economic adventure.
Just for the side of fairness, I would like to mention two more areas of payments in hopes that they will also share in the headlines.
First, the U.S. Congress. While everyone else is taking cuts or furloughs in an endeavor to curtail spending, Congress chugs on. Their salary raises never take a holiday or hold at last year's level. Their work performance doesn't merit a raise, but when the fox regulates the henhouse, what can you expect?
Second, how about lawyers? There are notes in the paper all of the time about settlements. One of the latest: "Lawyers representing former DeKalb County parks employees." The lawyers asked a federal judge on Thursday to award them at least $2.2 million in fees and expenses. By the way, that's taxpayers' money.
I think we should promote something like Legi-Care and rates should be fixed and reviewed by boards of mechanics, who would set the rates. We do that to doctors, so fair is fair.
At this time we should all share the hurt that has been dealt to us by our "fiscally" responsible president and his czars. Just fair, that's all.