We are reliably informed, albeit by politicians, that our nation's future depends both on reducing and increasing taxes while at the same time reducing and increasing government spending. The way to do this (near as I can understand it) is for consumers to spend more money. Don't worry if all this makes no sense to you, it makes sense to no one. Take heart, however, it comes from politicians, so it must be true.
And so it begins, Black Friday; our one last chance to save America. Like all other pestilences, the "holidays" have returned with a vengeance.
Thus time has come for all true Americans to spend and borrow their way out of the National Debt. Shop, spend, splurge -- ideally with credit cards. Better you are bankrupt than the country!
Be patriotic, go forth and SHOP!
Failure to do so will certainly result in a GREAT DEPRESSION (or other unnamable atrocious consequences)!
Fail not in your country's hour of need to buy gifts which will not be needed, wanted, or used!
Failure of Americans in this hour to spend more than we can afford will destroy the economy as God intended it to be!
Me and Nathan at Computer Central in Brazil will add our small part to the salvation of Democracy by offering a few useless items. Although, if truth be told we are really a service business and don't carry much that isn't useful when there is an actual need. Should the nation survives this "holiday season" we'll try next year to have much more junk to sell (assuming America can survive another year of her politicians).
Maybe, though, just maybe, there is a better way to approach Christmas. We say it's for children, and then fail to see the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ through a child's eye:
"...David, just a toddler at the time, was playing with his first present. When he received a second present, he politely said, 'No thank you. I already have one.' Is it possible for us to have that sort of innocence that trusts in the Lord, not grasping for more, but contented with what we have?" (from "40 Days of Prayer for America" by David Butts)
Could it be that if enough of us concentrated on just the spirit of giving, ignoring the spirit of shopping, a lot of us would be better off?
Could it be that if enough of us concentrated on the initiating reason for the season we'd prove the politicians wrong?
Don't know nothing about no economic solutions, for all that please read Charles Hear. I do have a few thoughts about the veracity of politicians which might be better left unblogged. Just wondering if it's all that useful to shop, spend, splurge?