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Published: Monday, Nov. 26 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Timothy
Benton City, WA

It is really a shame that modern society has twisted a wonderful holiday into an orgy of materialism and capitalism..I understand that it is not literally the birthdate of Jesus,but it is supposed to be a celebration of his birth and ministry..I know many people who are friends,relatives,co-workers,who are very stressed out this time of year as they are constantly going into debt over it...I grew up not having very much as far as material things go,but as I grew and gained skills I became comfortable financially...I think this happened because I paid cash for everything,although later on I obtained credit cars to use for hotels,gas,and odds and ends where cash usage was cumbersome...Anyway,I digress..Christmas gifts,I think,should be reserved for children..I did not get much when I was a child,but I adore the look of wonder on my grandchildren on Christmas Morn when Santa Has paid them a visit..As for adults,we should be grateful to be alive,with a roof over our heads,and food to eat...Without overbearing debt..

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Free market baby!

one old man
Ogden, UT

I heard this Christmas carol playing at WalMart the other day:

Tis the season to be greedy,
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie and gimmie some more.

Bring your Visa card to WalMart,
Spend, spend, spend and spend some more.

Just remember that when you spend your dollars for Christmas gifts at many of our big retailers, you are helping to create jobs. You are supporting hard-working people. You are enabling the wonderful things that come from sweat shops in far away places like Bangladesh where workers are just DYING to make a cheap shirt just for you.

And best of all, you're helping America's job creators transfer more money to their bank accounts in who-knows-where.

Christmas is supposed to honor Christ. What can be more Christian than spending your money to do good in the world?

But I'm a Grinch. I get so Grinchy that I spend some time looking for local shops to spend my money . . . and for products that have little stamps that say "Made In America" on them. Maybe if I do that often enough, I'll be able to call myself a "Job Creator," too.

boxerdog915
Clearfield, UT

If we can't pay for Christmas in cash, then we don't get it!

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

It still bemuses me how a paper who's foundation is free market capitalism, a system "completely" dpendent on growth and a paper founded in a culture of population growth, periodicly comes out against credit spending. Somehow you want to have a gazillion kids, have well paying jobs for all of those kids, pay some of the lowest wages in the country, and have everybody spend no more than they take in. Oh yea, and If you happen to be wealthy you should be able to keep all of your money.

To "liberals" why do you think the Republicans are now crying that social security, medicare, and medicade, food stamps, etc. is "free stuff"? Because trying to make sense of their belief system would drive you crazy too.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

It is only fair that we should all get some sort of government stimulus to pay our Christmas credit cards off! Call it a year end government bonus....or better still a socialist stocking stuffer!

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:pragmatistferlife

When you run your credit cards to the max and can't pay who is supposed to pay em off? Maybe you should just be forgiven of your debt? Obama and his crowd (your crowd) just say to ignore it and keep on borrowing and spending. No worries man. 16 trillion in debt - who cares right? So if you want it - buy it. Right? People like you wouldn't have lasted a week during the 1930's.

As far as your entitlements comment goes, recall it is your socialist president who is gutting Medicare by 800 billion dollars. That is billion with a B! I'm just certain that 800 billion won't be felt at all by seniors will it. What conservatives object to is having to pay for all the lazy bums who refuse to work and instead want to collect their Obama checks along with their food stamps and other free stuff. Work is a 4 letter word to the progressive democrat. Also social security will be saved by people like Paul Ryan and NOT Harry Reid who refuse to do anything!!!

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Property tax: due by end of November; a thousand bucks or so. Christmas: December 25th.

A bank might offer you a "free month" on loan payments -which only means they let the interest accumulate that month. Does it help?

Christmas parties at your local Church or club may require that you contribute a substantal amount of food before you can sit down and eat a modest meal yourself.

Family members can pressure you into spending more than you want to. Just say no? Try it and see how "merry" you will be.

I'll shelve the commercial Xmas if you will.

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