Saturday, February 12, 2005

This weekend, as you shower your loved one with Valentine's gifts, lawmaker Eliot Engle wants you to avoid showering them with chocolate. He says that in some areas of Africa, child slaves and child labor is used to pick chocolate, and we should boycott chocolate this year, to make the chocolate companies clean up their act.

As much as I would like to help out such a worthy cause, I'm afraid I'd be a lone voice crying in the wilderness. Every store I've been into has seven foot tall displays of Valentine's chocolate, decorated with pick stuffed animals and red stuffed hearts. These displays are a perfect example of the change in Valentine's Day, from day to tell someone you love them, to day to buy huge amounts of candy and a card! It's gone from celebrating how much you're feeling, to celebrating how much is in your paycheck.

Next up: Show the Mother in your life how much you respect them by buying them something. After that: Show the Father in your life how much you care by filling up a credit card! After that: Celebrate the birth of this nation by buying an Old Navy shirt with a flag on it! Then: Show your family how much you care by purchasing enough food to feed them for a week and prepare it all on Thursday! Then on Friday, show how much you love your family by maxing out your cards again! Oh yeah, and in the meantime, don't forget to buy new cars, appliances, etc.

Support Big Business! Make a purchase every single day!


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