Thursday, December 01, 2005

Christmas

The llama mentioned Bill O'Reilly a couple posts down, and I wanted to chime in about his now annual "I'm going to save Christmas for us all from the secular progressives" campaign. The fight is over the fact that a lot of public institutions now are using the word holiday more and Christmas less. First, I will agree with him on one point. If what you mean is "Merry Christmas" then say it. Supposedly, there is a Honda commercial where they sing "I wish you Happy Holidays" instead of "I wish you a Merry Christmas." I agree that's silly.

But.

When you listen to his show, they are discussing boycotting businesses that wish them a Happy Holidays instead of a Merry Christmas. Such horrible, disgusting companies are to be ridiculed and scorned.

Now let's think about this and think of some of the other objectionable items that companies sometimes get up to.
1) Cancel pension plans that they had previously guaranteed. These are pension plans and so are often the primary means of support of someone who worked at a company for 30 years, specifically so they could have such a plan. Sometimes the worker is just screwed and sometimes the government, meaning you and I throught taxes, pick up the bill.
2) Some companies run sweatshops where people work 14 hour days.
3) Some companies dump chemicals into the air we breathe and the water we drink.
4) Some companies pay their workers so little that their full-time employees must work 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet.
5) Some companies give gigantic bonuses to their executives when times are good so that when times are bad they have no savings and must fire their workers. Imagine how many workers could be retained in a slump if the CEO got a 2 million dollar bonus instead of a 20 million dollar bonus. If a fully loaded cost for a worker were to be $100,000 that's 180 workers you later have to fire to make up the difference.

This isn't an anti-business rant. But some companies do get up to such practices.

So, is O'Reilly leading a campaign to punish companies with poor environment records, bloated executive salaries, lousy wages, and the like? The actual issues that can harm our health, destroy a family, and lose a job? No. But if Macy's spends several million dollars of its own money to celebrate a holiday but they dare to call it a holiday and not Christmas so that they don't offend some of their customers, then we will declare them an enemy of all that is right and good and refuse to shop there. Priorities?

Interesting. On a related note, I came across this posting.
Fox betrays Christmas crusade, sells "Holiday" ornaments for your "Holiday tree"

1 comment:

naughtyloki said...

Hello Paca.

Good point. I wanted to start a grassroots effort to run Ford Motor Company out of business over the stealing of the intermittent windshield wiper idea, but came to the same conclusion.