to visit and celebrate the occasion and bring more money and business back to the area.
"The Washington Post reports more than $2 billion has been dispensed to hurricane-hit residents, more than half of it in cash, to pay for immediate short-term needs such as food and water, medical supplies and emergency housing.
Officials say the long-term needs in rebuilding the region and aiding residents will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. "There are many, many needs that the federal government cannot cover," said Don Powell who President Bush named as coordinator of the Gulf’s long-term recovery in November."
So where is the money going to come from to continue the effort..who knows???
UH OH..Walmart has over..1.3 million employees in the U.S.
and they don’t give many health benefits to their employees!!
Wellll..what do you know, they are asking the GOVT to please help them out because they can’t do it alone. …………….
"Lee Scott said Wal-Mart’s health care costs have risen 19 percent in each of the last three years and that it’s only a matter of time before it, along with other businesses, cannot sustain rising costs.
"We know our benefits at Wal-Mart stores are not perfect," Scott told the National Governors Association. "Do we want more of our associates’ kids on our health plans? Of course we do."
Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been the target of harsh criticism from watchdog groups and organized labor for what they say are costly and inaccessible plans. Under mounting criticism Wal-Mart last fall offered new lower-premium insurance aimed at getting more of its work force on company plans."
I had no idea that Walmart had so many employees…course with all those stores popping up all over the place I guess it was bound to happen some time.
The BIRD FLU continues to run rampant over in Europe and now
"France is vaccinating more than 300,000 geese and ducks against avian flu while Niger became the second West African country to be hit by a virus which is spreading among birds at unprecedented speed."
Should the U.S. be taking steps towards this way of vaccinating their poultry? Well.. if they do, they better start right now cause it will take a long time to cover all the chickens, ducks etc. in this country. I can’t even imagine it.
AREN’T YOU GLAD IT’S MONDAY???
P.S. For the relatives ..it snowed here over night..not much..less than an inch..just enough to make it white again…don’t blink… it will be gone by wednesday when it rains and is predicted to have thunderstorms…what a whacky winter!
Have a great week!!