Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I am extremely troubled by the way government has behaved lately, maybe they feel they are just acting out the frustrations of the people however comments like executives should "resign… and commit suicide” is professionally uncalled for. Since Government insists on taking on AIG and the Greedy Evil Corporate Executives I thought we’d match them up and see who wins. This should be FUN!
ROUND I – Fuel to the fire
Sure AIG should have seen the public whiplash coming from handing out millions to executives didn’t they watch what happened to Merrill Lynch? Congress has this round with plenty of people out of work, and losing homes it’s easy to light the fire on a few dozen people nobody knows anything about except they made a lot of money this year when there company went belly up.
ROUND II – Private Jets
Obviously we’ve learned that if you want to get money out of the government you better carpool to Washington. Most of the corporate executives are relearning the art of traveling couch or finding a new job. Apparently however the 500+ members of the house and senate don’t need to be as frugal considering they increased there own spending limits in the last “stimulus” bill they pushed through. Would you like a pillow Mrs. Pelosi? Corporate wins this round although they probably wouldn’t want to.
FINAL ROUND – Wasting money
AIG wanted to spend $168 million in bonuses, that’s bad right? Well depends, out of the $170 billion they received those bonuses were less than one tenth of one percent. Just a few weeks ago Government gave away somewhere between $3.8 - 12.8 billion in nearly 9,000 earmarks. Even if you took the low number that’s over 22 times what AIG wanted to spend. I think corporate knocks government out.
Outcome: Corporate - 2 vs. Government – 1
The Winner is… nobody. The Loser is all of us. No matter who wins this mud throwing and saber rattling we are all still fronting the bill. I do find it ironic that congress would act so outlandishly to such a small amount comparatively speaking. Maybe it’s so all the news networks stop pointing out congress oversight and blunders. Either way shame on them both, let’s move on to that Hope and Change we were talking about…
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I'll be one of their crisis therapists that works on a mobile team responding to people in crisis (hince the title). Our job is to stabilize, assess, and make treatment recommendations. Its fairly similar to what I did for the fire department, but this holds more liability because EMPACT is a licensed behavioral health provider.
This isn't exactly my dream job, but crisis work is always good experience for social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, or anyone else in the behavioral health field. I like that every shift, every call will look different. I like having to think fast, problem solve right there on the scene, and then being able to be done with "it". However, I don't like that the work itself is extremely draining and taxing.
But most of all, I am extremely fortunate to have found another position so soon. (Its all in who you know.) Of the 110 people laid off from Healthy Families 3 of us have jobs so far. Its a tough market, and I know other arenas are doing even worse than social services. I almost feel guilty that my job search went so smoothly, but at the same time, I know nothing is certain in this market. So I hope this new job has funding to just get Mark through school.