Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Naughty and Nice List For 2003
Center for American Progress - The Progress Report
NICE - MoveOn.org: For creating a new commitment to political involvement among the nation's youth.
NAUGHTY - AARP: For abandoning its commitment to the nation's senior citizens and its dues paying members.
Americans and Troops
NICE – Operation Hero Miles: For collecting unused frequent flier miles from Americans and giving them to soldiers trying to fly home to see their families. So far, "the generosity of thousands of travelers this holiday season means soldiers can get 6,700 free plane tickets allowing them to spend quality time with family and friends without worrying about how much it will cost."
NAUGHTY – Loan Sharks: For preying on cash-strapped troops. As more national guard soldiers are called up for prolonged periods of time, they're not making as much money as they were on the outside. Smelling the potential blood in the water, "military bases across the nation are magnets for so-called payday lenders, which make money charging fees as high as $30 every two weeks per $100 borrowed - equal to a 720 percent annual interest rate."
Americans and Troops Part II
NICE – Military Families Speak Out: For highlighting the problem of the severe body armor shortage in Iraq. Because of their work putting this crisis in the spotlight, Congress forced the Administration to make sure more soldiers are better equipped.
NAUGHTY - U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt: For saying the media should be focused on Iraqi reconstruction, which he called "a better and more important story than losing a couple of soldiers every day," despite representing a state where thousands of U.S. troops are stationed.