Every year at Christmastime, millions of Americans watch TV portrayals of Charles Dickens’s classic novel A Christmas Carol. In the story a regular guy named Bob Cratchit works at the firm of Scrooge and Marley.
Bob works full-time, plus nights and weekends, but even so he has no idea how he’ll be able to afford Christmas dinner let alone gifts for his children. He can’t afford medical care for his son, dooming Tiny Tim to either death or a lifetime deformity. He puts up with daily abuse from his employer because he lives in terror of unemployment and homelessness.
Bob Cratchit is screwed.
We like watching A Christmas Carol because Bob’s boss, Ebenezer Scrooge, famously has a change of heart and “donates” ...