Once again this writer is gratified by news stories bearing proofs for his old, but edgy, positions. In this case, the characterization of all the rich and powerful in DC being "hogs at the trough". The relevations of Tom Daschle - purported friend of the poor - making $5 million in a couple years of light work for lobbying firms.
Here is one more example.
From WSJ: "WASHINGTON -- The White House's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, has earned more than $700,000 in speaking and consulting fees since the beginning of 2008, with some of the payments coming from troubled financial firms and from a firm that invests in contractors for federal national security agencies, according to financial disclosures released Wednesday"
Gosh, nice work if you can find it.
Word of the Day
"Apotheosize" - verb, transitive [$10] from the file
Apotheosize means to exalt to divine rank.
Sentence: The propaganda campaign in the press to apotheozie Obama suffered a setback recently as a few of his appointments were shown to examples of DC cupidity and hypocrisy.
Le Mot du Jour
«Dérégler» - verb, transitive - a regular 'er' verb with the shift é to è before a syllable with a mute e in its conjugations.
Dérégler means 1. to affect the work (of a machine, etc.); 2. to unsettle, to upset, to disrupt.
La Phrase: La démission de Tom Daschle a déréglé la administration d'Obama.
English: The resignation of Tom Daschle unsettled the Obama administration.
Skimming Le Figaro, I found this story I had not heard before. Only in NYC:
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Il se fait appeler «Bill le renfloueur» : pendant deux jours, un homme mystérieux a distribué des billets de 50 et 100 dollars aux passants à Times Square. Mais sa démarche n'est pas tout à fait désintéressée.
Les Etats-Unis connaissaient déjà Joe le plombier, voici maintenant Bill le renfloueur : en deux jours, «Bailout Bill», comme il se fait appeler, est passé de l'anonymat total à la célébrité. Il faut dire que ce quidam a en quelque sorte lancé son propre plan anticrise, en distribuant des billets de banque aux passants, en pleine rue, à New York, mardi et mercredi .
In simple terms, a mysterious fellow now dubbed "Bailout Bill" passed out $50 and $100 bills (US currency) to passersby in Times Square. Le Figaro had a good photo of a young man holding one for the camera.