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Children Asking Santa for Necessities this Year
by Charles Coughlin
The liberal media just won’t give it up. After two years of an economy in the dumps under Obama, they continue to claim everything is OK. The Democrats just got their butts handed to them in the 2010 election. The American public doesn’t believe the economy is in good shape, and the public should know best.
Now at Christmas time we’re starting to hear the liberals claiming again that things are great. Well, Black Friday sales were only up half a percent from last year, and last year was considered abysmal. The latest claim is that Christmas sales will be up three percent, which is curious considering that all the numbers won’t be in for a day or two. How do we know that it wasn’t another case of crowded stores with lots of people milling around, but few people buying anything –just like Black Friday?
Well, there’s one indicator that is likely to be more realistic: what children are asking Santa for Christmas.
A recent news article reports “U.S. Postal Service workers who handle the millions of letters addressed to Santa say this year’s batch contains more heartbreaking pleas from children for basic necessities like shoes and coats instead of new toys. More than 20 post offices log these wish lists and ask the public to respond with toys and letters in a program called ‘Operation Santa,’ USA Today’s Donna Leinwand reports. This year, unemployed parents and their kids in New York and Chicago are asking for boots and clothing they can’t afford…. One in four American children are supported by food stamps, and enrollment in the program has skyrocketed.”
The number of Americans on food stamps has shot up to a record high 43 million, nearly one in seven Americans. The number of banks to fail this year is 156 with one week left to go (only 140 banks failed last year). If the liberals think the economy is recovering, they might want to explain why unemployment continues to go up, the number of bank failures is rising, the number of people on food stamps is at a record high and why so many children are asking for clothes this Christmas instead of toys.
I haven't seen one evening news show cover this story yet.
Instead it's all rose-colored glasses and things are "better", but they rarely define "better."
One estimate is that sales might be 3 percent better.
Well assuming that's true, you can't give kids a lump of coal in their stockings every Christmas three times in a row if you can at all avoid it. I suspect some people are spending themselves into a little debt, just to give their kids a slightly better Christmas this year.
I wouldn't exactly call that great news or a REAL sign that the economy might be recovering.