My Newswithviews Column, Dec. 9 (‘EU Drops Plan to Scrap Christmas’)

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So the European Union’s “Equality Minister” (it only hurts when I laugh) wanted to erase Christmas from the calendar and do away with “non-inclusive” names like John and Mary… and only retracted it after the Vatican freaked out.

EU Drops Plan to Scrap Christmas

Let’s see if we can explain something to you left-wing jidrools out there. No harm in trying!

The whole flamin’ point of any name at all is to be un-inclusive. To distinguish its owner from the other people in the room. Like, if you’ve got a hall with 500 people in it and every single one of them is named Johnny Koltanowski (even the women), all you have is chaos and futility. Or if everybody there has no name at all, other than “comrade” or “Hey, you!” Names serve a purpose. Just like words do!

Helpful hint: If your government has an equality minister, or any kind of diversity honcho, then your government is way too big and has way too much money, and greatly needs whittling down.

19 comments on “My Newswithviews Column, Dec. 9 (‘EU Drops Plan to Scrap Christmas’)

  1. Sadly, this mentality has gained traction in many sectors. The business world trips over its own feet trying to accommodate such thinking, which is probably one reason they can’t retain good employees in some business sectors. They are, very literally, serving an imaginary god.

  2. Good point. Seems the only employees that they get these days are those who are only there to see if they can find something wrong, somebody breaking the “rules” or somebody being disrespectful to them.

    1. In my work, I deal with a number of communications companies (telephone carriers, Internet providers, etc.) and have seen some unbelievable problems, which I credit to the fact that there seems to be no accountability for many of these people. They simply do not appear to care whether the job is done, or not.

    2. Given what they, er, “learn” in school and college, this is exactly what should be expected.
      “Educating” ourselves to death…

    3. Indeed. I have seen people in my field with advanced degrees that have no connection to the real application of the things they studied in school. I had a Master’s candidate whom worked for me that once was so panicked that we might have a Denial of Service attack that he disconnected us from the Internet, which is to say that he caused a 16 hour denial of service. He was a nice fellow, but he did not understand how things worked.

      There is a lot of this in high tech, and in more than a few cases, the direction from management is listened to and promptly ignored, because it cannot work. So the hands-on techs end up making the decisions, in real time. I’ve learned that, when working with telecom providers, I need to talk directly to the tech if I actually want to accomplish something.

  3. I have seen that situation around me everywhere. It is so different than when I was young, or even middle age. People used to be thankful for the opportunity to work and earn income, but now, phooey, who cares.

    1. Businesses are desperate for competent employees these days. I have recruiters calling me out of the blue, searching for someone that is willing to actually work. I have turned down opportunities for jobs both in government and utility companies. I also walked out of a relatively senior position, working for the Federal Government, because I could actually do better in the Private Sector.

    2. Well, if the government is going to give you more in unemployment benefits than you can get by working, who’s going to choose to work?

    3. Beyond the free money aspect of this, there is also a lot more comfort with debt, these days. I will be driving t9 the office today and on my way, I will see dozens of people driving $60,000 pickup trucks. Based upon income statistics for the area, this would lead me to believe that there are a lot of people carrying extreme debt loads.

      I make a good income, but I would never even dream of taking on a $60,000 installment loan for a depreciating asset, such as a vehicle. It is my hope that I will replace my current vehicle in about two years, but if I do so, I will not strap myself to an unmanageable level of debt. As a matter of fact, I would bring in a substantial down payment, then gang up on the loan and pay it off within a year. My point is simply this; I see debt as a tool to be used with extreme caution. I have debt for my home (which is almost paid off) and to buy vehicles, but the vehicles are only purchased when I am certain that I can afford the full price, and I use the loan as a way to build my credit score. I don’t use debt to buy things I can’t actually afford, in hopes that my income will remain consistent. I didn’t think that way in my twenties or thirties, but I sure do now.

      Beyond that, why would anyone want possessions which add to the ongoing cost of living? If I were to buy a $60,000 truck, the license and insurance costs would be burdensome. I see this all around me: people with huge motor homes that the use once every year or so, but which have to be licensed and insured, whether they are used or not. How much better to rent something like that and save the ongoing cost of ownership.

      Ultimately, I credit all of this to a sense of entitlement that seems all but ubiquitous with younger workers. They come into the workforce with a pile of student loan debt and believe that they should start life living well. The problem is, they really don’t have any idea of what it actually takes to build a comfortable life. As the saying goes: I don’t have much, but what I have is mine. That is true of my life. I have a good income, but I love modestly. I could easily buy any new car I wished, or buy any possession I might care to have, but I don’t want the debt and, even more, I don’t want the ongoing costs associated with owning a lot of expensive things, and I do not take prosperity for granted.

    4. Way back in the Bronze Age when I was a newspaper editor, one of my part-time stringers complained that even though he was just about to finish college, he didn’t think he’d be able to start out with the kind of well-paying job he deserved.

      “Are you kidding?” I said. “I have a degree, and I was lucky to get any kind of job at all! Who told you that you can start at the top instead of at the bottom?”

    5. Some of the best educated people are physicians, and after 8 years of school, they spend a year as interns and are treated as pretty much dispensable. Then, they spend years in residency, which is hardly prestigious. Then, they have to be board certified and at that point, they have reached the starting line of their career as a physician.

      The field that I am in has become vastly complicated. Someone fresh out of college would be I’ll prepared to jump in, and speaking from experience, without experience, someone with an education and no experience would probably do more harm than good.

  4. Someone at a government agency (EPA, I think) once said laughingly but proudly in an interview, “I was born to regulate. I consider it a day well spent when I’ve created a new regulation.” No concern over whether the regulation was needed or actually harmful. The act of regulating was her identity. People in positions of control seem to think this way, i.e., their exercise of control is their identity, and if they can top someone else’s exercise of control they’ve proven their worth. If they can invent a new KIND of control, or a new NEED for their control, they’ve done even better.

    What these petty bureaucrats don’t realize is that they aren’t the ones really in power. The truly powerful ones are the ones who give them the machinery that they operate and tell them how wonderful it is to operate the machinery.

    In a strange way, the workers who don’t bother to learn anything or do a good job — or even work at all — are in a similar position. They think of themselves as free and independent spirits who can do what they want and be remunerated for just existing. But in reality they have a slave mentality. Free people thrive on challenges and take pride in accomplishing difficult things that will actually help people or simply create new knowledge or beauty. Slaves just do enough to keep from being punished, or else showily support their masters so they can get easier work or more food.

    We’re living more and more in a slave state.

    1. Government expands mindlessly, which is why our Founders tried to hard to limit it.
      This reminds me of a case on “Judge Judy” involving some yo-yo who was receiving $15,000 a year from the government–but didn’t know why. “I guess they’re payin’ me for bein’ me,” he quipped. God help us.

    2. I remember seeing that clip. There were many years early in my life when I worked as hard as I could and didn’t reach $15,000. I can’t complain, I’ve always had enough to get by, but I’ve always been willing to work.

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