Monday, November 09, 2009

Closed for what, now?

Yeah, I read this right, apparently...

MARION, Ala. — The sign going on the front door at the Perry County courthouse reads: "Closed for the Obama Holiday."
The rural, mostly black county has proclaimed Monday as an official holiday celebrating the election of the nation's first black president, Barack Obama. It's one of Alabama's poorest counties, but it's sparing little during five days of festivities.
County Commissioner Brett Harrison, who cast the lone "no" vote when the commission voted 4-1 to set up the holiday, questions adding a paid day off in such a poor county. He said the county already had 14 paid holidays and it didn't seem like the right time for such an ambitious event in the middle of a recession.
"The timing didn't make any sense," Harrison said, pointing out that many private businesses will be open Monday, including his full-service gas station.
Wow, I just don't know what exactly to say to this. One of the poorest counties in the state throwing away its money on a golf tournament, parade and a carnival, and paid days off for county employees, and the citizens support this? I'm sure you'll also find most of the people in this county supporting yet more redistribution of wealth by way of taxing teh eeevil rich folks to pay for government health care. I wonder what the Perry County residents who support this holiday would be saying if I blew my rent money on music and gun stuff and then demanded the government pay my rent because "living space with climate control is a right that no one should be denied because of his or her inability to pay for it." And furthermore, I wonder how many of the people who would rightly protest my statements and actions with responses such as, "You should have had your priorities in line" see absolutely no problem with pissing away their own money on stupid crap like this when in all likelihood they don't have their own damn priorities in line.

And the fast train to hell chugs on down the tracks...