If the latest round of job losses doesn't spur congress to pass the economic stimulus bill, perhaps recent news from the Girl Scouts of America will do the trick.
According to The Oregonian, the Girl Scouts will be downsizing their cookies this year. Faced with the increased cost of baking ingredients and transportation, the organization is making cuts in the number of cookies per box and, in some cases, changing the way some cookies are shaped.
Boxes of Samoas and Tagalongs will come a few cookies short this year. Thin Mints, Do-si-dos and Trefoils will be smaller, and although Lemon Chalet Creme cookies will remain essentially unchanged, they will be round instead of rectangular.
The price per box will stay at $4. Still, many Girl Scout leaders are bracing for what may be a bleak cookie season.
"We'll survive this downturn, and even though we may not sell as many cookies, we'll give it out best effort. We'll put on our smiles and do everything like we've done before," said Portland troop leader Sheri Adelman.
Kudos to the Girl Scouts for showing such good cheer.