October 28, 2006

Holiday Season Starts Early This Year

Don’t you hate it when stores start putting up decorations for Christmas when Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet! Horrible!

A number of people all over the blogosphere are already complaining about the early appearance of Christmas-themed consumerism before Hallowe’en is even here. Before Hallowe’en? What are they thinking?

Zing! - Watch as this seemingly lighthearted gripe blog post goes all political on your arse.

The I.R.S. usually suspends tax enforcement around the holiday season. Forget the War on Christmas, this is the holiday season’s War on Taxes. But this year is different. This year, the I.R.S commissioner has decided that we need to extend the holiday reprieve by suspending tax enforcement in the period up to the November election in certain parts of the country.

That’s right. The administration doesn’t want to enforce the tax laws in the run-up to the election. Tax Commissioner Everson explains the move as “traditional,” an explanation that left 4 former tax commissioners scratching their heads. Santa suits on election day? Hang the mistletoe over the ballot box? Egg Nog in the voting booth?

Whether or not this is a crass political move, it’s at the very least an attempt to extend and dilute the holiday season yet further. I leave you to your lamentations about untimely Christmas intrusions, already in progress.

Posted by James at October 28, 2006 9:39 PM
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It's more subtle than giving every voter $100, or whatever that other idiot Republican idea was. This one apparently targets victims of Hurricane Katrina. Gosh, that Bush is a nice guy after all!

I have to admit, I love the holiday season and I don't care when it starts. I object to being marketed to *in general*, so stores putting out their Christmas items literally with the back-to-school stuff doesn't really strike me as any more heinous than anything else they do. Whatever. I don't have to go down those aisles.

Posted by: Maggie at October 29, 2006 7:35 AM

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