Last night at midnight 800,000 exhausted unemployment benefits. The benefits should be restored by act of Congress but Congress rarely acts as it should. Those 800,000 join 5 million+ 99ers. Some 99ers have been without an unemployment insurance safety net since March, 2010. If corporations are sitting on tons of cash because of uncertainty (although no thesaurus lists greed as a synonym of uncertainty) what about the 5.8+ million of us that don't have an ounce of money? Happy holidays.
Channukah begins tonight at sundown. Thanks to my wife's wizardry, we have stuff for the kids. I'd love to help spur demand during this season but I lack the resources. Therefore, the rest of my list must suffice with non-monetary items.
So here is my "shopping list" for this holiday season:
Congressional Republicans - a conscience
Congressional Democrats - a spine
President Barack Obama - a beer summit with Candidate Barack Obama
The Tea Party - the realization that a patriot is not a xenophobe and liberty does not include fear-mongering
Sarah Palin - a copy of Mein Kampf and an understanding of irony
Those that voted Republican out of spite or did not vote because you did not get enough from Obama - nothing, you're already getting all that you deserve
The 99ers - a job for each and everyone. (I'd include fair paying job with benefits, but this blog is not fantasy)
Me - I've got supportive friends and family in every sense of the word. I want for nothing.
With 24 shopping days left until Christmas, this list is short and likely incomplete. Please add recipients and the gift(s) you would bestow. Whatever you choose, please keep the gift in your price range.