a reply to: Bluntone22
Back in the day, we used to have what were called Blue Laws. In a nutshell, they said it was against the law to buy non-essential things on Sunday.
I'm sure they had their roots in Christian influence on lawmakers.
Since businesses that sold non-essential items couldn't sell anything, many were closed on Sundays. It was nice for people, because most of the
community would be off on the same day. You could get together with family or friends.
But there were a lot of problems with the Blue Laws. A lot of the restrictions didn't seem to make much sense. Food would be considered essential,
cooking utensils would not. Medicine - essential, other sundry items, no. You could buy a light bulb but not a fuse (or was it the other way
Retailers made a big push to get rid of the laws; it's bad business to be open and not be able to sell some items on the shelves. They launched a
campaign to end the Blue Laws, and they had a lot of ammo to work with. In addition to the confusing nature of the laws, it really sucked that you
couldn't go shopping on one of your two days off.
With public support, the laws were repealed. It seemed nice. Businesses made more money, consumers didn't have to cram their shopping in one day,
workers were getting extra money for working on Sundays. Win, win, win.
Then changes started to slowly creep in. Businesses realized that it was cheaper to have three part time crews instead of two full time crews. You
don't have to pay the part-timers the same benefits or overtime. Workers began working odd days and hours that messed up their social and family
lives and sleep schedules.
Yeah, the Blue Laws were confusing and inconvenient. They probably had their roots in the religious belief of a day of rest. But I can't help think
that we lost something. I guess we have a new religion now: make money at any cost. Days don't matter, history doesn't matter, friends don't
matter, family doesn't matter, you don't matter. We have a National Debt that can never be paid, and we keep borrowing more. You need to do your
part to keep the "economy" going, work more and buy more stuff. Otherwise the Dow Jones US Retail Index might fall.