Hey, it may be grim out there, gas and food prices might be sky high, the housing collapse is bringing down Wall Street, but better not mess with Santa:
But despite -- and many argue because of -- the depressing litany of news on everything from foreclosures to wrangling over a whopping $700 billion bailout for Wall Street, there is one item retailers dare not cut from their holiday lineup even if they're looking to trim costs: Santa Claus.
"If any mall or department store in this country were to say they were not going to have Santa it would be suicide," said Susen Mesco, president of Denver-based event planning company American Events. "No matter what other sacrifices they have to make, parents will take their kids to see Santa."
Nice to know a few thousand men throughout the country are at least guaranteed temporary employment. But considering the Santa mentality in Washington that brought us to this point, I'd have thought most Americans would be pretty sick of the old gent.