Around this time of year, we are told ‘the holiday season is the time for giving”. Indeed, the old adage has it that it is far better to give than to receive. Times have changed, however, and much progress has been made. To paraphrase Obama, whatever we once were, we are no longer a nation of giving. Thanks to the generosity of the government and the quantitative easing that finances this benevolence, we are a nation of receivers. Soon the dream of everyone receiving a living wage will become a reality as we collectively suckle on Janet Yellen’s proverbial teats.
As the holiday season approaches, however, some of us still feel an urge to provide gifts to friends and family. Giving can still be acceptable provided it is done correctly. Above all, we must avoid giving in to the excesses of consumerism. We deplore the vile materialist culture that sees slaves in developing economies exploited in subhuman conditions just to produce the plastic crap that we crave in the West. Let our gift choices therefore reflect the progressive values we espouse.
To help our readers at AT, we have conducted many hours of research to find the most progressive gifts you can offer. Here are our final selections.
1) Gloss Rags T-Shirt
To start our list is this wonderful T-shirt, as chosen by the staff of ThinkProgress.
ThinkProgress write: “Gloss Rags, a small fashion label based in Washington, D.C., has a simple tagline for its T-shirts: “Fight Amnesia.” The shirts are emblazoned with the names of unarmed black Americans who were killed by the police under suspicious circumstances, exposing just how deadly the criminal justice system can be for people of color. Some have become household names — and subsequent rallying cries for racial injustice — while others have faded into obscurity. Buy a T-shirt and play a small part in the collective act of refusing to forget their lives”
ThinkProgress have many more super ideas here.
2) Replenish Janet Yellen’s proverbial teats
The US Treasury site helpfully provides a means for us to help pay off the public debt, which currently stands at close to $20 trillion. Last year, generous individuals helped pay off $3.8 million of this debt so why not join them this holiday season? Remember: the government always knows how to spend money better than you do and will ensure it goes to the most needy in society.
There are two ways for you to make a contribution to reduce the debt:
- At Pay.gov, you can contribute online by credit card, debit card, PayPal, checking account, or savings account.
- You can write a check payable to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, and, in the memo section, notate that it’s a gift to reduce the debt held by the public. Mail your check to: Attn Dept G
Bureau of the Fiscal Service
P. O. Box 2188
Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188
3) A donation to the Clinton Foundation
Pretty obvious really. You can either make donations directly to the main site or else choose a specific cause such as sponsoring their work with children in Haiti.
4) Sponsor a lab rat
Many children love the idea of sponsoring an endangered animal at this time of year, whether it is a snow leopard, tiger, or even a wh..black rhino. Why not show your true progressive colours by sponsoring an animal that is NOT so cuddly and cute? The lab rat is deeply oppressed by having shampoo squirted into its eyes all day and makes the perfect present for your transgendered child.