Thursday, December 15, 2005
Good use of Time....
- War in Iraq
- Runaway Federal Deficit
- Skyrocketing Health Care Costs
- Record Trade Deficits
- Loss of Manufacturing Jobs
- Congressional and Administration Corruption Investigations
Well, today, the Republican Majority in the House decided to spend some of the people's time and money to propose, debate and force a vote on a measure to protect the traditions and symbols of Christmas. Here's the vote.
Just to give you one last detail, they refused to include traditions and symbols of other religious holiday observances requested by some sane House members who tried to make some sense of the proceedings. But, no. This was to be a "Christmas Only" Resolution, because, in case you didn't get the memo, there is a "War on Christmas" going on...brought to you by the fine folks at Fox News, especially Bill O'Reilly. Well, it's a war worth fighting, because, as we all know, we just don't get enough Christmas traditions and symbols this time of year. Just today, I had to actually get all the way to the end of my driveway before I saw a Christmas symbol in my neighbor's yard.
And, of course, Sue Kelly's Party brought this useless waste of time to America.
When we replace Rep. Kelly and other like-minded, lockstepping Republican footsoldiers in the House with people who live in the real world, hopefully time will be spent dealing with the people's business instead of spending time giving people the business.
Dickens helped popularize Christmas in the US when he went on a book tour to promote "A Christmas Carol" - in the 1840s if I remember correctly. The central theme of this book was Scrooge's conversion. To what?
He realized he must be kind and more giving to his employee for one thing. Does anyone ever mention the incongruity of this vs. Walmart?
One of his famous lines was "Are their no prisons, are their no workhouses." when asked about the poor. Scrooge later became quite generous.
Giving by the rich to the poor is not a central Bill O'Reilly theme. It is only the symbols that count.