Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wasting Money

I've been anxiously awaiting my stimulus package check from the federal government. An acquaintance of mine got his several weeks ago and it seemed to me like the boys in Washington were taking a long time getting mine to me. When I went to the mailbox today, there was an envelope from the Internal Revenue Service with the words Stimulus Package on it. When I came in to the house, I told SWMBO "Hey I finally got my check from the feds."

But when I opened the envelope, there was no check inside. Instead, a bunch of fine sounding language about the fact that I would get a check, probably in three days or so. I started to rant. Why couldn't they just send the check? Why did they have to send me a letter explaining that I would soon be getting a check? Wasn't that going to cost them twice as much in postage? It's not just to me, it's to everyone? That seems like a lot of wasted money to me.

SWMBO calmly said "But it's our money they're wasting, not theirs!"

Yup, I hadn't thought of that.


Mike said...

They just keep taxing us, we just keep paying the taxes, they keep wasting the money and then they turn around and tax us again.

America! What a racket!

Catalyst said...

But we're going to get those big checks, Mike!

Anonymous said...

I would be happy to get a letter sayng my check will be in shortly. I thought it would be an electronic transfer, but no such luck. We'll see if it arrives.

Catalyst said...

The question is: what will you use the money for? People I've talked to say they're paying off credit card debt. I'm not sure that's much of a stimulus to the economy.

meggie said...

We got a one off payment from our Govt. $500 each. They are paying us in 4 instalments, in quarterly lots. It must be so we don't run out & spend it all at once!

Catalyst said...

I think W wanted us to spend all of ours at once but most people are using it to pay off credit cards or buy ever-more-expensive gasoline.