Spending your government check

January 24, 2008
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If you pay taxes, President Bush and leaders in Congress have agreed to send you at least $600 in the hope youâ??ll spend it and pump more life into the economy.

They have their wishes, but Americans are independent sorts.

What would you do with your check?

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  • Well, considering we won't get the check until July, most of the checks will probably be undeliverable and return to sender. By then, our homes will be lost. Jobs will be lost. I think an immediate remedy would be freezing payroll Federal Tax withholding. That would have had an immediate effect.
  • Brenda,

    It just goes to show how inefficient the government really is. Noting that, you have to understand that they don't have a system in place to efficiently give money back to taxpayers. What they have set up is an efficient way to reach in our jeans and pull out them greens!

    That having been said, how do you make the jump to most of the checks will probably be undeliverable? And, what does a $600 check have to do with us keeping our homes? Lastly, when the haze disappears, what implication is there about receiving money from the government and losing our jobs?

    Reliance upon government is most always a lead-in to dependence. I took a trip to the Bahama Islands last summer and learned that their government only provides welfare assistance to those that CANNOT work. Those that look for other excuses then face, if you don't work, you don't eat. Seems as if the US could learn a lot from this tiny island nation.

    And, remember Ross Perot's giant sucking sound line. Well, the best description of that is the US Goverment getting into our wallets every two weeks automatically. And what is the largest, growing sector of receiving money - WELFARE! Check out the facts locally, as well.

    Perhaps if more learned to take care of themselves, we wouldn't have to rely upon Uncle Sam's rebate checks. After all, it does imply that he gets too much to begin with.

    We need a fresh start in Washington. We need to pass the Fair Tax, and we need to throw out the entire Senate. It has become nothing more than a Social Club of overindulgence for overpaid attorneys and their minions.

    And now look at our prospects for President - the Democrats - three attorneys - DO YOU HONESTLY WANT TO TRUST ANOTHER ATTORNEY TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP FOR OUR NATION? Sad, sad, sad!

    The Republicans - it just remains to be seen if anyone from this group can be trusted, because the best candidates have already dropped out.
  • A family with 3 children will get $2100. That is three house payments for some people. If their house is going to foreclosure this month, the checks will be delivered too late. Therefore, they won't be at that address when the checks come. What's so hard to understand?
  • My intentions are certainly not meant to be insensitive, however, this program is intended to have an impact on improving the economy through growth, not making up personal shortfalls due to unfortunate circumstances or poor decisions. Additionally, you presume that most checks won't be undeliverable. While we know that many are facing forclosure, the numbers don't add up to your supposition. Less than 10% of Americans will face foreclosure, therefore most Americans will receive their checks.
  • The checks are nothing more than a political ploy during an election year. The fact that some people think this is a good thing proves the government's belief that the majority of Americans are stupid and lazy.
  • This is just 150 B added to the national debt. We owe ourselves. Neil Pennies is right that it is just a political ploy ... and it will bite back on us eventually. Along with the Iraq debt and other Bush policies. It is an election year and they ALL want to claim that they are doing something in our best interest. Only if it was true. Question: is the American public really this gullible?
  • i dont think we should have to wait because some people need it now

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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.