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A real tearjerker from the St. Petersburg Times, about the difficulties faced by the unemployed.
As Gov. Charlie Crist switched from Republican to independent in the race for U.S. Senate, Eric Eikenberg had a quiet announcement of his own. He was quitting. Today is Eikenberg’s last day on the Crist payroll. Thirty-four years old, a father of three and unemployed for the first time since college. “It’s an anxious feeling,” he said. “I have great respect for the many Floridians today who are seeking work…”
Like other unemployed Floridians, Eikenberg faces the pangs of uncertainty, the nagging question “Will anyone want me?” and ordinary worries of providing for his family.
Except unlike most unemployed Floridians, Eikenberg was being paid $15,000 a month. And after getting laid off, he “loaded the clan into their Chevy Suburban and drove to Atlanta to see the Braves take on the Houston Astros.”
Read it and weep.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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