Friday, March 12, 2010


WASHINGTON – A group of Republican senators is questioning high salaries and expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the national charity.

The four senators said they were concerned that the chief executive of a charity that has been closing local clubs for lack of funding was compensated nearly $1 million in 2008. They also questioned why in the same year officials spent $4.3 million on travel, $1.6 million on conferences, conventions and meetings, and $544,000 in lobbying fees.

"The question is whether or not a very top-heavy organization might be siphoning off federal dollars that should be going to help kids," said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

Weird the Republicans are suddenly concerned about CEO pay. I don't get why anyone would be surprised though. This is just how business works in the US now. The idea goes.. that when you get to that level in any organization, you are simply allowed to pillage to your hearts desire. I'm sure the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club sits on the board of other companies, and he makes sure his friends get paid millions for essentially ruining the organizations.

Apparently, it's impossible to find anyone qualified who would be willing to work for.. say.. $200k. Thinking that federal money should be "going to help kids" is pretty funny. It's not about the kids. It never is. It's about having enough money that you get whatever you want. Fuck the kids.. (and if you're Catholic, I mean that literally)

This is, of course, not going to change.. and so if you don't like it, the only alternative you have is do whatever you have to do to make a bunch of money. There is no real justice in this world. There are only, as Doug Gibbs is fond of saying, "winners and losers".

Really amusing that Republican politicians, who are politicians only for it's money making potential once they leave office, are feigning such outrage over people doing essentially the exact same thing they are.

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