Dear Taxpayer: Get bent

I don’t generally get angry about how the government spends my money — I am a state worker, after all — but this makes my blood boil. The IRS, you see, is sending U.S. taxpayers a letter telling them that their economic stimulus checks are in the mail, at a cost of $42 million. That doesn’t include the cost of mailing the actual checks or of a possible second round of letters for Americans who didn’t pay taxes but might still be eligible for the checks.

As a good friend once said, “WTF?!?” With all that national debt, with our troops still struggling to get ammunition in Iraq and Afghanistan, with all of the people who could use some financial assistance from Uncle Sam, the IRS spends $42 million on letters telling us that the “check is in the mail”? Are you kidding me?

But this is the real kicker: We talked with our tax preparer about this so-called economic stimulus plan, and guess what? It’s not a tax cut. Nope. It’s an advance on your tax return for next year. So anyone who goes out and stimulates our flaccid economy will likely have to pay at least some of it back to the IRS in 2009. Gee, thanks, Uncle Sam. You really shouldn’t have.

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~ by amarvin on Friday, March 7, 2008.

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