WJC CONCERNED AND DISGUSTED BY
ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM OF SOFIA SYNAGOGUE
By ALIYANA TRAISON
The World Jewish Congress is deeply concerned and disgusted by the vandalism of the Great Prayer Hall of the Sofia Central Synagogue, in which a man hurled stones through the windows of the building on Saturday, just over a week after a monument in the Bulgarian capital honoring the victims of the Communist regime was targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti.
“The World Jewish Congress stands with our community in Bulgaria in decrying this despicable act of vandalism against a center of Jewish life in Sofia, and is further outraged by the utter lack of attention this desecration was given by passersby. We urge the authorities to take every measure possible to ensure their safety and well-being in the face of a spate of antisemitic incidents of late, and recognize that this cannot be treated as a simple act of criminal vandalism,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.
“Jews in Bulgaria are proud members of society, and their security must be of utmost importance and concern, as with all citizens of Bulgaria. It is absolutely unacceptable that the community should have to live in fear or trepidation for their lives or their property, simply due to their identity as Jews. We trust that the police and government will treat this incident with the severity it deserves, and do everything in their power to prevent such acts of hatred from happening again, including around-the-clock protection of Jewish communal property," Singer said.
The WJC is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.
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GOVERNMENT PAY DAYS - SCARY FUTURE
By GLENN MOLLETTE
Federal employees working without pay have recently been admonished.
We have heard they could borrow money to tide them over. People have said federal workers should have a reserve fund for government shutdowns. Our own massive government doesn't have a rainy day fund. With our 22 trillion-dollar debt we can't pay our own workers. If we borrow money as a nation, we borrow it from our own people who are now not even earning a check. We have borrowed about 3 trillion dollars from our Social Security fund thus far. Our government also wants to scale these benefits back for our retirees. We have borrowed money from China and Japan and others to the tune of six trillion dollars.
Government is a poor role model for financial management.
Many state governments are in shambles trying to reduce pensions promised, increasing taxes to pay salaries and benefits while billions of dollars in debt. County and city governments are facing the same problems. Everybody has a big budget and not enough money to fund the budget. Too many have borrowed money to the hilt to keep everything going as if there is plenty of money. Sadly, we have lived in a panacea of lunacy.
Whenever your outgo exceeds your income then your upkeep is your downfall.
It is criminal when Government spends money, it does not have, knowing that the only way it will be funded is to further tax its citizens. Government steals the money you work hard for and then mismanages, mishandles and misappropriates it. They lie to us, kick the can down the road and enslave our children and grandchildren with massive debt.
In reality does government even care about us? Do they care about our children having a chance at the American dream? Will our grandchildren really know what it's like to drive on smooth roads and safe bridges? Will government pensions and Social Security become a thing of the past? If Government can't pay you this week then why do you think they will pay us in our old age? Thus, as scary as it all is , we had better find a way to make and save some money because they are showing us firsthand that Government is not even competent much less infallible.
Federal, state and local government must change. We must stop: spending money that we do not have; building other nations at the expense of our own; involving ourselves in the business of other countries; taking care of criminals flooding our country. We must start: keeping our jobs and payrolls in America.
Finally, our future is scary. Without real change and working together we are going to drown together. It won't be fun pointing our fingers at each other at the bottom of the lake.
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