December 17, 2008 12:01 AM
I'm trying really, really hard to understand this nation's priorities. Let's see, if you're a greedy Wall Street broker who makes tens of millions while wrecking the economy, the government will give you hundreds of billions of dollars, no strings attached. If, however, you're a dedicated patriot who toiled in the nuclear bomb-making arena during the Cold War, and are now suffering from illnesses brought on by exposure to radiation, we will treat you like a common thief and deny you any compensation for your service to our country. Laura Frank's ongoing series on the plight of our nation's radiation workers should make all of us hang our heads in shame. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats in charge of the worker's compensation program seem immune to compassion, much less remorse. I have an idea. Let's put them in charge of the bailout and put Treasury in charge of paying our Cold Warriors before they all die of their illnesses. Maybe then something good will happen.