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Old 09 February 2009, 04:57 PM
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At the top right hand corner of Page 17 of the New York Post of January 24th, 2009, was a short column entitled "Replacing Michelle" in the National Review "The Week" column. I found this interesting, so here it is, word for word, as it appeared two days ago......

'Some employees are simply irreplaceable. Take Michelle Obama: The University of Chicago Medical center hired her in 2002 to run "programs for community relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity and minority contracting."

In 2005 the hospital raised her salary from $120,000 to $317,000 - nearly twice what her husband made as a Senator.

Oh did we mention that her husband had just become a US Senator? He sure had. Requested a $1 Million earmark for the UC Medical Center, in fact. Way to network Michelle!

But now that Mrs Obama has resigned, the hospital says her position will remain unfilled. How can that be, if the work she did was vital enough to be worth $317,000?

We can think of only one explanation: Senator Roland Burris's wife wasn't interested.

--- The Editors of National Review, writing in the Magazine's Feb 9 issue.'
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Old 09 February 2009, 04:59 PM
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cuz positions are never eliminated. Particularly in a grim economy. There has to be some nefarious explanation for it.

Hear that, all you laid off snopesters? The reason your job doesn't exist anymore is because you obtained it through unethical means.
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Old 09 February 2009, 05:03 PM
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But now that Mrs Obama has resigned, the hospital says her position will remain unfilled. How can that be, if the work she did was vital enough to be worth $317,000?
One simple answer might be that she accomplished the desired goal of getting those programs up and running, so the position is now mostly superfluous.
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Old 09 February 2009, 08:25 PM
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Is that similar to all nonessential employees may stay at home because of ice and snow? If they are nonessential, why are they still on board?
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Is that similar to all nonessential employees may stay at home because of ice and snow? If they are nonessential, why are they still on board?
Signora, you rascal! Good to see you! (((hugs)))
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Old 09 February 2009, 08:58 PM
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It's a very common practice in lean times for companies to leave positions unfilled, rather than officially eliminating them.

There was an article I read a couple weeks ago, I can't recall where, that job seeking wasn't that bad - lots of companies showed open positions. This was my first thought - just because they're "open" doesn't mean they intend to fill them.
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Old 10 February 2009, 12:12 AM
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University of Chicago Medical Center will lay off 450 workers as part of a recently announced restructuring, the hospital said Monday.

The cuts represent about 5% of the Hyde Park hospital’s nearly 10,000 workers. Hundreds more jobs are likely to be eliminated through attrition over the next 18 months, officials said.

The cuts are part of an effort announced last month to cut $100 million, or nearly 7% of the hospital’s budget and are being made across the institution. Officials did not detail positions but said no physicians are losing their jobs.
Well, how about that?

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Old 10 February 2009, 08:58 AM
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That sort of snark is what National Review does best. My "favorite" example of this is a bit they did back around 1997 or so about how the name Hillary had been gaining in popularity for decades until 1992, when it suddenly took a nosedive. (It may very well have been true, and maybe it was even for the reason they were obviously implying; but so what?)
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