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Cutting Corners.....Our Children Deserve Better

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:46 pm    Post subject: Cutting Corners.....Our Children Deserve Better
From Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:00 am to Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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Recent reports indicate that strength tests might have been compromised on the foundations at both the Freedom Tower and the new Yankee Stadium as well as other major construction projects in the city

Cranes working on other locations are in jeopardy as inspectors have been paid off to falsify inspections.

Positions on Boards are filled not based on qualifications but associations.

Senators and Congressmen get favorable loans.

Former White House executives are awarded million dollar contracts.

Supreme Court Justices make decisions involving corporations in which they have financial interests.

Unfortunately it has become the American Way

Cut some corners or bend a few rules whenever you can to save that extra buck no matter the consequences.

Unfortunately it has filtered right down to the youth of America.

Just this weekend one of the juvenile offenders assigned to our graffiti cleanup offered me $50 to get out of community service.

And it gets worse. As the economy continues to suffer more and more people are looking for short cuts and ways to cut corners.

And what does the government do other than setting such a fine example?

It promotes these short cuts..

More and more states legalize gambling or expand their current gambling projects.

New York is by far the worse offender.

Just look at all that went into saving NYC OTB, the most mismanaged bookie operation in history.

Or look at all the money spent to promote state sponsored gambling in New York alone.

With not so subtle ads targeting people in financial need with promises of a work free future with no worries.

At the same time educating a whole new generation by replacing hard work with a “dollar and a dream”

Unless we start making changes from the top on down the recent sub prime fiasco (another short cut) will pale by comparison.

We need elected officials and judges who realize that it should once again be “government by the people” not “government bought by some people”

Our children deserve better.
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