The middle class is so overrated

Nowadays even the upper class needs to hold down two jobs. Former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, who currently “works” one day a month on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board for a $130,000 salary. She’s now been offered, and accepted a post as special advisor to the head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for $12,500 per month. [source: David Zahniser, LA Times]

I don’t know if any readers have ever used unemployment insurance, but I certainly hope she frequently sides with those of who work for months what she earns in a day. Somehow, however, I doubt this is why the state gives her the big bucks.

Scouts Honor

On a slightly related note, Boy Scouts’ Orange County Council chief executive Leslie Baron recently eliminated 11 employees to make up for $600,000 in budget cuts, while he continues to draw a $283,503 salary. He also has refused to reveal which positions have been cut. [source: Tony Saavedra, OC Register]

For the record, one of the Boy Scout’s “laws” is to “be thrifty:”

A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property. [source]


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