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  •  Uhh no (5+ / 0-)
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    not how it works.

    No offense but as many poor people I work with that have CD issues, I can't swallow that.

    •  I've worked with alot of (5+ / 0-)
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      homeless, drug-addicted people, too.  They need a lot of support and must change the way they frame events, psychologically.  I've seen alot of success stories but I worry that Mr. Williams is navigating the tightrope without a net.  Hope he regularly attends meetings and has non-exploitative people supporting him.  He's vulnerable right now and has suffered enough.

      A man abstemious, rigidly upright, inflexibly honest, ferociously chaste. A man with every virtue, except humility and human kindness. - Ellis Peters

      by nolalily on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 10:33:13 AM PST

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      •  It would be all too easy for this story to (1+ / 0-)
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        have an unhappy ending. I too hope he has/gets a solid support system. I doubt his new employer is thinking past the good PR they're getting from this. If the man relapses I can't imagine they'll go far down that road with him.

        Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

        by JTinDC on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 12:47:25 PM PST

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        •  It depends . . . (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm a lot less pessimistic about the new employer.  For starters the guy is probably working free-lance in the beginning -- the first burst of activity alone is probably going to give him a nice nest-egg to cushion any future shocks.

          In the case of Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers I might be a little worried (e.g. the guy made his fortune selling subprime mortgages -- even the house that he's offered may very well be one of his many foreclosure properties); in the case of NBC or a major entertainment company there will probably be a lot of tolerance for relapses so long as the guy continues to be a draw (e.g. think someone like Charlie Sheen).

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