Tuesday, 12/24/13, Public Square

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by | December 24, 2013 · 6:00 am

4 responses to “Tuesday, 12/24/13, Public Square

  1. As expected, I’ve already heard the news report that retailers are NOT happy with this year’s Christmas sales.

    Is anybody ever happy any more – or have we lost the ability to be content when we make a less-than expected profit?

    Is this a result of corporate greed and globalization – or is it just plain G-R-E-E-D?

  2. Hi Indy–I think everyone but the one percent are just broke. Or about to be broke. Or worried about being broke. There is just so much economic insecurity. No one’s job is safe. No one’s pension or retirement is safe. No one’s savings are safe. Even if they have money, I think people are just holding on to what they have, not knowing what financial disaster may occur.

    I’m not surprised people are not spending at Christmas. I bet no one is spending after Christmas either. I know we are on short rations here on Downer Creek. There is money in the bank but it’s being horded in case everything goes to hell, which it very well may.

    We’re not suffering too much, though. The dogs have a backup 50lb bag of dog food and a backup bag of dog cookies. Me? I can stand to lose a few pounds so maybe I’ll be sharing their backup if push comes to shove.

    Now, if we can just figure out how to pay for another tank of propane…..

    • My son and his family live out in the country and have propane.

      One fill of their tank will set them back one of their week’s paycheck – by the time taxes are taken out and they pay for their health insurance premium.

      This is one reason why so many parents both have to work – just to keep their butts warm with that propane heat…..

      Of course, since they are married and both working – they do not qualify for too many tax breaks…..

      They’ve been told to divorce – keep on living together – and then the DIL makes the less money – so she will claim the kids and will probably come out with a big fat income tax refund check…..

      But…my kids choose to stay married ……so their combined income does not qualify for as much tax breaks as if she was a single parent with two kids.

      But….hey…….these Fundy Christians are so worried about gay marriage ruining our country….big eye roll…

      I just wonder if any of these proud-to-be-stupid Fundies have once thought about how our income tax code does not exactly treat married couples fair….

      I work with young women (20’s & 30’s) with kids who REFUSE to marry their kids’ father…..but they will live together……

      And the #1 reason for opting to not marry? They would lose all their tax breaks and any government social programs they would qualify for…..

      But these same girls can sit and smoke all day, come in with their Starbucks coffee cups (large size) and buy these butt-ugly designer purses from these party-sales businesses..

      These girls have bragged about getting a ‘good deal’ on one of these butt-ugly purses at a $100 a pop.

      You read right….a Hundred Dollars….for a butt-ugly purse?

      But yet they refuse to get married because they cannot afford to lose their benefits?

      Yeah….right…..and then Fundy Preachers scream from their pulpits how gay marriage will be the ruin of our nation.

      I call B.S……..on that pile of crap.

  3. “This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

    Walt Whitman