That Time Of Year
Channeling the Grinch, the conservative prime minister of Australia has threatened to keep the Parliament in session through Christmas if they don’t pass his legislative agenda.
Mr. Abbott did not win a majority in recent elections, so I don’t think this is going to be the threat he thinks it is, but it is certainly a useful bit for the ‘loyal opposition’ to talk about with their constituents.
Because the Republicans have gone totally ‘Hoover’ and are attempting to out-source the social safety net to Scrooge & Marley, I’ve made the decision that my entire Christmas list will be C2C, i.e. cash to charities. Because of what happened to the WIC program under the shutdown, and the food stamp program November 1st I’m sending to groups that feed children on a continuing basis. It makes no sense to me to give people good Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners when the need is there year round. This should be covered under ‘promoting the General Welfare’, but some people don’t seem to be able to read anything that doesn’t directly benefit themselves.
I made a trip to MalWart for a neighbor on Saturday. Locally they have a Sam’s Club next door, and parking was a bigger problem at Sam’s Club. Early Saturday afternoon on the first Saturday in December and I parked about 8 spaces away from the entrance. [I could have parked closer in the next aisle.]
It wasn’t empty, but people were grocery shopping, not Christmas shopping. I got the stuff the neighbor wanted and checked out through the self-service area, because there weren’t very many registers open.
If you have never been to a MalWart, it has a limited grocery section. The selection is really not good, with very limited choices of brands and sizes. As someone who normally shops in Publix, I’m not used to the lack of choice. If you are looking for an unusual jelly or jam, you can’t beat Publix. I wasn’t really impressed with the prices, especially when you factor in how far away it is, but they have people convinced. Also, expect empty spaces on shelves, because they don’t seem to have anyone stocking on a regular basis, and the gaps are noticeable because the shelves are designed for a large quantity of the fewer items they stock.