$1600. $1600, really?
Taxpayer rebates piss me off (just as much now as they did when Bush first pimped them on the campaign trail in 2000). Here's why:
1. It's a gimmick, plainly. It frankly insults my fucking intelligence and the act of you picking my pockets then handing me a wad of the bills you just ganked from me takes political audaciousness to a whole new fucking level. Oh, a gift, of MY MONEY, for moi???
2. so, don't we elect you aholes to BE stewards of the public treasury? To me a rebate says the elected officials of this land (and/or the king ahole 52% of the population elected in 2004) are just collectively throwing up their hands and saying, "Hey, we're out of ideas for this public stewardship of tax payers money thing. Why don't you all give it a try?" This is what you got elected for! Do something constructive with our money -- like paying for social programs that due to a billion-dollar-a-week war, I now have to pay for out of my pocket (on top of adhering to your unfair tax code).
3. The idea is that giving taxpayers money to spend on flatscreen televisions from Korea, or furniture from Sweden or cars from Japan is going to stimulate this economy out of a recession (which despite the mass denials, we ARE already in -- ask the 4 people in my dept who got laid off/fired last week). I mean, seriously? The money is going right back out of the country. People aren't going to be buying stocks or god help them if they want to buy a consumer electronic built in this country. Impossible!
So we have a growing economy, yet, we need taxpayer rebates injected into the middle class? Why is that? Who is reaping the benefits of raping the middle class? Instead of throwing us breadcrumbs, why don't you go knock on the doors of Citibank, Bank of America and the payday loan sharks and reinstate some predatory lending laws that actually have some teeth? We aren't in a recession because people can't pay their mortgages, we aren't in a recession because middle class people don't have $1600 to drop on consumer electronics at will, we're in a recession because the credit industry continues to line middle class americans up for a good old gang bang without any protections from the government.
You can't pay your mortgage on time? Sweet! Everyone you have entered into a credit contract with will be checking your FICO score every month until we can find a reason to renegotiate our credit terms and stick you with a 10% interest rate hike. So, what's a middle class person without a personal lobbyist on Capitol Hill to do??
$1600 isn't going to fix anything. Eat my box, Mr. Bush.
(There's something heartbreakingly poetic about that last sentence, don't you think?)