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article imageVideo: Santa Claus got arrested at the White House

By Anne Sewell     Dec 24, 2013 in World
Washington - It seems that Santa himself has been a very bad boy. He got arrested at the White House the other day. He really wasn't asking that much, just an increase in the minimum wage, but it seems his Christmas wish didn't come true.
It happened on December 18. Santa Claus got himself all togged out in the traditional red and white, and together with a loyal elf, made his way through Lafayette Park to the fence of the White House.
He then proceeded to unfurl his Christmas wish list to present to US President Barack Obama. Though the list looked long, there was one basic wish: "Issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers."
Seems Obama was not prepared to come outside to receive the Christmas wish in person, so Santa decided to dig in and stay put.
And there he did stay, along with a bunch of elves, shouting those classic phrases, "Ho ho ho, he won't go" and "Grant Santa's Wish! Raise the minimum wage!"
Santa even wrote a special poem, which you can hear him recite in the video (and read below in full).
Seems the US Park Police have no sense of humor (or Christmas spirit for that matter) and they dragged poor old Santa off - arrested for protesting on a public sidewalk, to shame!
Santa's final words as he was taken off into incarceration were apparently addressed direct to the President: "Grant my wish for an executive order to raise the minimum wage for poor federal contract workers! And please let me out by Christmas Eve!"
You can read more about the campaign (and sign a petition) on the Time for a Raise website, working in conjunction with Ralph Nader's Center for Study of Responsive Law.
Here's Santa's poem in full for your edification:
'Twas two weeks before Christmas: at the Senate and House,
No lawmaker was stirring, nor clicking their mouse.
Their bags are all packed for the recess with care.
We've hoped for some progress, but they've passed nothing there.
While Congressmen nestle all snug in the beds
Of industry hacks and Fox News talking heads,
The workers who toil on minimum wage
are hurting... so Santa's becoming enraged!
Minimum wages have steeply declined!
From their peak at $10.70, we've fallen behind.
You can't survive on annual $15k!
Why lose tax dough to welfare when Walmarts can pay?
With Boehner! And Cantor! McConnell and Hannity...
Gumming up steps towards minimum wage sanity;
Ignoring workers and stirring up drama...
...Our only hope now is some help from Obama!
The President cannot pass laws in a day
But can issue executive orders that say
That jobs which are based on contracts with the fed
Have raises in wages or those contracts are dead!
It would help set the stage up on Capitol Hill
For a too-long-awaited minimum wage bill
I know you will listen - Santa's an optimist -
To this one item on Santa's Christmas wish list
"Mr. O! if you take your executive ink
And put it to paper; 2 million on the brink
Would be helped by a much-needed, much-deserved raise
And you would have all of the North Pole's praise!"
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