Many Americans, with the definite exception of Willie Nelson and Wesley Snipes, are going to be getting a check from the IRS fairly soon.

The zookeeper has decided to throw back a few scraps in the form of what the government laughably calls an “economic stimulus package”:

Under the deal, nearly everyone earning a paycheck would receive at least $300 from the Internal Revenue Service. Most workers would receive rebates of $600 each, or $1,200 per couple. Families with children would receive an additional payment of $300 per child. Workers who earned at least $3,000 last year — but not enough to pay income taxes — would be eligible for $300.

Rebates would be limited, however, to single taxpayers who earned up to $75,000 or couples with incomes of as much as $150,000.

If the government was genuinely concerned with economic stimulus, they wouldn’t have taken the money in the first place.

You can’t help but admire the tactic, though. Instead of admitting that just leaving the money at the source via lower taxes is the best way to stimulate the economy, both political parties create the illusion that the government handing out money is a primary stimulator of the economy. Too many people believe it. “Repeat a lie often enough…” and all that sort of thing, you know.

So of course it follows that only high taxes can put the government in a position to stimulate the economy. I mean, if the government doesn’t have all the money, how can they give it back so we can grow our economy?

This kind of government “reasoning” actually makes sense to the likes of America Ferrera (see one post below).

You and I may know better, but politicians who need votes en masse live and die by the words of Homer Simpson: Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.

We’re screwed.


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