We received our economic stimulus check today. Two days late. How do I know that? Because they sent us a letter about a week ago saying that we could expect it by July 5. Now maybe I’m not seeing the big picture, but I seriously need a little explanation here.
Question #1 Since my country’s economic status has sunk to the level of being the world’s greatest debtor, why did they borrow more money so that they could send out cash bonuses to all of us who are so privileged as to be taxpayers?
Question #2 If I now go and “stimulate the economy” by spending this money, how will that help my country to lessen their incredible debt?
Question #3 Why did the IRS send a notice ahead of time telling me exactly when to expect the check and how much it would be? Why not just send the check, rather than to double the amount they are spending on postage for this whole thing by giving us advance notice that they will be sending it? (probably a dumb question, but humor me…)
Not to mention that it was late anyway. Though on that pre-check letter it did have a disclaimer: If you do not receive it within six week of this notice, please contact us at the number shown above. Well, okay, it should be there on July 5, but if it’s still not there a month and a half later, THEN we’ll check up on it.
Boy, that gives me great faith in the system.
I’ve actually been doing a little reading on economics lately, and finding it surprisingly fascinating. Maybe I should recommend the book to some of those government dudes. I think they could use a refresher course.
I’m trying to enjoy the feeling of receiving a check in the mail, but it’s hard. This whole situation is sort of like the people who vote for “change”– they aren’t really looking ahead, just living for the moment. We have become a nation of hedonists. God help us.
~Trying to decide whether to buy a new computer or invest it all in beans, rice, and bottled water…