A December survey of US-based employers found that 23 percent expect to lay off workers in the next year and more than 15 percent expect to freeze salaries or hiring, cut spending on travel or training, or increase employees’ contributions to health care premiums.
We often wonder how those who were let go over the last year are faring in this dismal economy. The Austin American-Statesman brings us news from one of the more recognizable legal faces currently found in the unemployment lines: former AG Alberto Gonzales.
“It’s a rough economy right now, and it’s a tough time for a lot of law firms right now. Obviously they are very careful about bringing on new people, and they are going to be careful about bringing on people where there are questions about things that may have happened in their past,” he said. “Over time, I’m confident those things will be resolved, and things will work themselves out.”
So he’s going to do what so many of us who are good for nothing else do: write. The tale of his forthcoming tale, after the jump.
Unlike Bush press secretary turned Bush megacritic, Scott McClellan, Gonzales plans to defend the administration in his memoirs:
“This is not about writing a best-seller,” the Texan said in an interview. He said the book would be a success even if read only by his sons, now 13 and 16, “to set the record straight so they know what happened.”
“I think there is so much misinformation out there, not just about me but about the Bush administration and what we were about. It’s important for our side of the story to be told. If it’s not told by us, no one is going to tell it,” he said.
The question is: is anyone going to read it?
Gonzales writing book on years in Bush administration [Austin American-Statesman]
Layoffs Continue in New Year [Wall Street Journal (subscription)]
Layoffs Hit 2009 [The Daily Beast]