Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Too physically drained to finish up on LRA health plan tonight. It raises, IMO, issues that go beyond health care.

Most heated debate yet. Replay should be available Wedsnesday afternoon. Heated exhange between Nagin and Watson should be about fifty minutes in.

It got personal for me tonight. In response to a question about downsizing city government, the mayor bragged about laying off 3000 employees (an admittedly necessary move). Now I wouldn't accuse him of smug narcissism for that alone:

# 7. Devoid of empathy. Is unable or unwilling to identify with or acknowledge the feelings and needs of others

Coming from a mayor who's made no effort to trim the payroll at the top, I find it somewhat disturbing. After all, a department that had gone from 400 to 20 employees was apparently still paying its director and deputy director full salary two months after the layoffs, even though the director had not returned from the evacuation. Throw in the fact that the mayor has scoffed at the notion of scaling back huge pay raises for upper level staff, pay raises that he insisted were necessary to fill top positions with the best possible people and, well.

If you missed Countdown's worst person in the world, take a close look at the crazy Kim link.

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