• Christmas Spirit

    December 25, 2015

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Economy, Minimum Wage

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    I was eating in the food court below Grand Central Station in New York. There was a cold rain outside, and a good portion of the people around me appeared to be homeless.


    Many were making the rounds of the trash cans and tables, eating the food they found. There were cops nearby, as well as National Guardsmen on terror watch duty. There seemed to be a sort of understanding at work, such that the cops left the homeless alone as long as the homeless left the paying customers alone.


    I wasn’t going to finish my meal. There wasn’t much left, but some. What was the right thing to do?

    A) Leave the meal. A mouthful for someone hungry is better than nothing;

    B) Throw it away. It would have been embarrassing to offer a small amount available only because I’d already gorged myself;

    C) Go buy another full meal (I could afford it) and give it to one of the hungry people;

    D) Demand my government stop spending 54% of my taxes on war (actually more, if you consider black budgets, paramilitary forces, and intelligence costs) and start taking care of its own people. I have the resources to feed one person, but we have the resources to feed all Americans. If only we were willing. I don’t always know what’s right, but I know what is wrong.





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  • Recent Comments

    • RICH BAUER said...

      1

      Where are the Wise Men when you need them?

      12/25/15 8:11 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      D., for Devoting OUR$elves To IT!

      12/25/15 10:15 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      3

      Peter,

      Sign of the times, the poor looking for scrapes under the Grand Hyatt house that Trump built. If The Donald does ascend to the Presidense, I can’t help feeling partly to blame for our country’s descent. I met The Donald back in the 80s while we were waiting with his first wife for Gorby to arrive at the Diplomatic entrance at Main State. Donald said he just had to get inside the State Department to meet Gorby because he had good ideas to improve our relations. I told him if he wanted to get things done in the State Department he was wasting his time. I said, “Mr. Trump, you should run for president.” His wife found that funny but I don’t remember him laughing. The joke is on US.

      12/25/15 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • b. traven said...

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      That is not a national budget for a democracy!
      That is the “take” for a den of thieves.

      12/25/15 1:29 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

      5

      C & D

      12/25/15 5:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Nic108 said...

      6

      Merry Christmas, Peter! I love reading your pieces. They’re thoughtful and well written.

      12/25/15 9:54 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”I wasn’t going to finish my meal. There wasn’t much left, but some. What was the right thing to do?”unquote

      Send it to me. My SNAP was gone on the 10th.

      Or send it to my Senator, that scum sucking Debbie Stabenow. With a note asking her to distribute it to her poor constituents.

      Or send it to Congress and tell them this is for their breakfast, like half of America gets. Either that, or shove it where the sun don’t shine.

      Meanwhile, I’ll be sitting around a fast food joint. Waiting for generous outpourings from American consumers..

      Not.

      12/27/15 10:01 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Well, that does it. 54%! And to think I voluntarily checked a donation box on my 1040 last year where $50 of my refund would go to help fund future invasions.

      12/27/15 3:58 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

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      bloodypitchfork said… #7

      Is there a way we might be able to send you a few $$ in the near future.

      Peter is this something you could help with?

      12/27/15 5:37 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      jo6pac said…

      quote” Is there a way we might be able to send you a few $$ in the near future.”unquote

      Jo… I appreciate your gesture, but my comments are made with my tongue in cheek. Thing is, I’m not as desperate as a few million other people out there are. I have a roof over my head, family next door, and services for seniors at my disposal. That’s NOT to say me and my wife don’t worry sometimes. On the contrary. But I only try to point out some of us commenters are close to being in the same boat as those Peter writes about. Sorry if i sounded destitute. I’m not..at least yet. 🙂 so thanks, don’t worry about me. I’m just feisty and pissed off at the conditions some people have to endure..because of the GODDAMNED SON’SABITCHES WHO RUN THIS PIECE OF SHIT COUNTRY. ..notwithstanding the scumsucking 1% or even some of the 99%.

      Ok..rant over. Thanks anyway Jo. I REALLY appreciate your concern..but we’ll be ok.

      If anything..vote BERNIE…2016!!!

      12/27/15 9:47 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Btw, I just watched a documentary film on Gore Vidal.

      HOLY SHIT. Absolutely amazing. I wished I had paid attention to him earlier in my life. He’s been telling the truth about amerika since the 60’s, exactly what I’ve thought my entire life. And it’s STILL the same truth today..only worse. It’s on Netflix. You should watch it. Especially what he said about Obama as he watched the night Obama become president. O. M. G.

      America got bamboozled.

      Of course..hindsight is 20/20

      Ps..his nemesis…William Buckly ..can eat shit and die. ..er..well eat shit anyway.

      12/27/15 10:03 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

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      #10

      OK;)

      12/28/15 10:02 AM | Comment Link

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