Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Bad...And the Good

From the "Don't-Point-Fingers" Department:

(Denver Post) "More than 200 college student leaders are to descend on the opulent Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs on Friday and Saturday to learn about rural poverty, homelessness and market-based approaches to poverty eradication."
You read that right. College students are attending a weekend conference to learn more about poverty and dealing with it -- at one of the most opulent, snooty hotels in the state.
The rep for the El Pomar Foundation, who is sponsoring the conference, says, "This year, as we have done every year, a competitive bid process was undertaken to determine where the conference would be held, and the best bid came from The Broadmoor." (She also noted that El Pomar's offices are on the hotel grounds.)
Husband snorted when I read this tidbit..."Notice she doesn't say cheapest."

Serves me right. I keep fussing about extravagance in Washington D.C. and elsewhere -- but it's in Colorado's backyard, too. Sigh.

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President Obama, when capping a $500,000 salary limit for executives of companies the government is bailing out:
"We don't disparage wealth. We don't begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we believe that success should be rewarded. But what gets people upset -- and rightfully so -- are executives being rewarded for failure, especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers."
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And finally, people who did some good with their money and actions:

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