Sunday, May 04, 2008

the economic stimilus package

OK, you do realize that this isn't money you are owed because you paid taxes. It's money "W" borrowed from the taxes your grandchildren will pay.

But you get the check in the mail.

Moral dilemma.

Should I keep the money and pay down bills, or spend it? OR
Should I return it on moral and ethical principles?

Here are two things to do if you decide in favor morals and ethics.

Take the entire amount of the check and donate it to charity. Feed the poor. Clothe the naked. Make a difference to those from whom all has been taken and nothing is being given. If Exxon and Mobil oil can't support our own hungry and hurting at home, then at least , make an effort on your own to help. Your check won't solve the world's problems, but it may help one person, or one family get through one more day, and give them hope that there is a brighter future.

Or, if you "return" the check, send it to the department of the treasury with a note instructing that is be used to pay down the national debt. It's barely a drop of water, heck barely an atom of water, compared to the flood in the bucket of our national debt. But if you are opposed to being "bought out" by the political feel good tactic, then just do it. Your $300 to $600 donation to pay down the debt can make you feel like it's not your problem, and you can feel satisfied that at least YOU didn't saddle an oppressive debt burden on your grandchildren.

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