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Caught up in celebrities

July 12, 2012 - John D'Agostino
In the last month, far too many in America were buzzing over the departure of Ann Curry from the "Today" show on NBC.

Curry, who stepped down from the show on June 28, was reportedly being offered $10 million to exit. But this episode spotlights what is holding back in America. Our population gets caught up in what sports stars, entertainment and reality TV personalities are doing, but have no concept of what is really hurting this country: high unemployment, too much government and a sweet system for those who do not even try to work.

Columnist Joe Queenan in a Wall Street Journal column on June 30 had this perspective on Curry and our society:

"Maybe it’s time we redirected our concern and started showing some compassion for the truly unfortunate. Most of the people I know who lost their jobs recently lost them because of the economic downturn. They didn't lose them because they were stiff or wooden or incapable of pretending that Al Roker is actually funny. None of them is self-pitying. None of them is overpaid. And none of them ever got $10 million to go away.

"So we can all hold the tears when Ann Curry's name comes up. My advice to her is simple: Get yourself a real job. Not a job where you sit on a couch for two hours and gasbag with the planet's most fiendish self-promoters. No, a real job.

"The kind of thing millions of Americans can now only dream of."


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