Friday, November 25, 2011

Barbara H. Peterson
Here we go again folks. It’s that time of year when we show our holiday spirit by plunging headlong, eyes wide shut, into personal debt to support China and other countries while our own America slides further into economic chaos. But don’t let that stop you. By all means, go out and spend that last dime on the credit card for a Taiwan trinket. The credit card company will probably be more than willing to increase your limit. Just don’t miss a payment. Can’t pay? Too bad. We’ll simply increase your interest rate and tell all the other credit card companies so that they increase your interest rates also.
So, at this time of year especially, not only do we actively support the economy of other countries at the expense of our own, but we also support the bankers. And we LOVE the bankers, don’t we… at least we do at this time of year. I call it the Holiday Banker Bailout. Without these corporate holidays, life would be a little less opulent for these parasites – parasites that delude the host into consuming what is good for the parasite, while killing the host.
But what if we just shop local and American Made?
We went to Home Depot last week to buy some needed items. I wandered down the aisle and found the hardware guy. I asked him if any of the stuff I was looking for was American made. He told me that almost NOTHING in Home Depot is made in America, and definitely NONE of the hardware I was looking for. I had no choice. If I was going to get hardware, it was going to be foreign-made. And that is the way it is with almost all of the mega-corporate businesses in America. And we pay for it. And the money goes overseas to support another economy, while we drown in debt. Happy Corporate Holidays, America.
But you like celebrating the corporate holidays you say? Okay, how about this: What say you give the gift of time such as home cooking with ingredients NOT purchased one week before the holiday and mass-produced by the likes of Cargill or any other mega-corporate whorehouse of crooks and con-men. How about sewing something up, or carving something out of wood. How about a game of one on one at the neighborhood hoop. How about bartering one homemade item for another with your neighbors or local craft shop. Be creative! If you must celebrate corporate holidays, do so without buying ANYTHING.
© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson

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