Letters: A chicken in every pot

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 19, 2011

Dear Editor,

Black Friday’s gonna save us all! The numbers are in. Retailers are showing enough ivory to put a Baby Grand to shame.

Record sales. More Americans earning wages as seasonal workers. Stocks for giant retail companies are sure to look better on the Big Board. Big investors are looking at a great ending or bottom line to their year. “Wall Street is already celebrating.”

Now here comes the Grinch right after the New Year’s final “last chance” mega-sale. True, the giants of retail and big time investors got theirs, but “We the People” took it on the chin. Now the real story starts all over again. Seasonal employees are back out of work – no other employment in sight The majority of us who took advantage of all of the “you just can’t pass it up” sales are faced in February with that first credit card bill that shocked us with a dose of reality. What the hell have I done! I just bought a bunch of stuff that I didn’t really need, and didn’t have to have. Why? Because most of those giant retailers are just like politicians. They have great ads.

Who won this Black Friday? Mega-stores, investors and banks (credit card companies). Mom and Pop stores don’t have shoppers camped outside their door waiting for the opening. The biggest winners of all are China, India, Mexico, and the rest of the foreign countries where all our jobs were shipped. So the moral of this story is Happy Holidays to those who already had the bucks, and to the foreign countries who made all the things for which we so gleefully rushed out to shoot, stomp, shove, push, and pepper spray our fellow shoppers. If you doubt what I’ve written, just read the labels on all your purchases!

Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas, I think. Humbug.

Alan Belcher

(P.S. – A Letter to Santa: According to an ABC World News Report, the average American will spend $700 on “gifts and goodies” for a total of $465 billion. “If that money was spent entirely on US made products, it would create 4.6 million jobs.” ABC’s Report found that “If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.” Such a small action for such a large return! Santa, you could check out the website, “Americansworking. com.” It lists American-made products by category and State. Santa, time is short, but we know you can find those American products in time for Christmas! We’re counting on you, Santa, because we don’t want you to be left holding the bag!) Leave that to the Grinch!