It's not a rebate! It's not a refund! It's a loan, baby!
To even call it a "rebate" isn't even proper use of the English language, because a rebate is money you get back after paying full price. "Rebate" is as phoney as the war on terror, because you can't wage a war on an emotion.
It's not a rebate; it's an advance against future tax refunds, if you're among the tax payers with financial ass-covering foresight who have too much money taken out of your paycheck in the first place.
The only people who seem to be turned on by Bush's economic stimulus package are major corporations, congressional leaders who are looking for a quick fix and 15 second sound bites and the press.
The press finds it sexy, because "tax rebates" sound good, they're easy to talk about in banner headlines and good for newspaper sales and TV ratings.
The arousal withering details are in the fine print that is either too small to read or hasn't been written yet, because the stimulus package is far from being put to bed. Only Congress will be excited about the details when they get down to quickening each others passions in heated debates.
Like the "rebates" of 2001, they are nothing more than advances on 2008 income taxes...a loan. For anyone who has to pay tax, he will have to pay more when the IRS piper comes knocking; he will get less of a rebate; or worse...he will owe money.
Oh, sure. More tax breaks kindle the fires of lust for corporations, but it's just more of the same "trickle down" come hither sweet talk that is the only thing I can think of that defies gravity and flows up.
It's jobs, stupid! BF Jobs! Jobs Jobs!
Giving corporations more tax breaks does not jobs make.
People earning regular pay checks and spending them on necessities and a few extras is very stimulating.
So far I've heard very few members of congress say a word about JOBS to stimulate and excite the economy.
Inflame our passions by cutting out the lies that manufacturing in this country is dead. Turn us on with taxing the hell out of American companies with offshore addresses.
Stir us with Roosevelt-type WPA projects that put people to work. Our infrastructure is flagging faster than coitus interruptus with worry over one's finances.
WPA (Work Projects Administration) turn on the economy, not Republican Herbert Hoover-type 1928 campaign promises of "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage," which was immediately followed by the stock market crash and depression of 1929 after Hoover was elected.
Ignite our interest by not offering corporations incentives to keep manufacturing and jobs here, but levy stiff penalties and fines for any corporation that has outsourced jobs, and create new, stiffer fines for corporations that outsource jobs in the future.