'Tis the season: to drag the artificial Christmas tree out of the basement and try to remember how to put it back together, to pull long strings of lights between the shrubbery and fence posts in the front yard, to try and think of some witty aphorisms for a hundred different holiday cards, to shop for deals without feeling cheap, to survive the season with a reasonable amount of cheer and figgy pudding. That shopping pressure is the one that I am currently feeling the most. Walking a line between thoughtful and thoughtless, I want to make everyone's Christmas bright, but not so bright that the next three months are spent paying off all the brightness.
Good news, then, comes from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. An aide sent out an e-mail suggesting that we take the money meant for children's toys and send it to the Walker campaign."This year, we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores," promised the message from recently dismissed Taylor Palmisano. "Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated,
broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the
gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of." Mister Palmisano was not, according to reports, let go because of this e-mail, but rather for for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media. Meanwhile, Governor Walker continues to recover from a rather nasty recall attempt back in 2012, and is in a dead heat with his Democratic challenger in his upcoming re-election campaign.
My guess is that the Taylor Palmisano household will not be on the list for Hickory Farms gift baskets from the Walker household.