Tax rebates to the taxless
“Workers who make at least $3,000 but don’t pay taxes would get $300 rebates.”
How does it work that 35 million people who have not paid taxes–that is paid more than they got back–qualify to receive a $300 tax rebate?
Before I go too far into such a question, I first have to disclose a couple of things. First, I think trying to stimulate the economy by giving people “free money” while we have a deficit and a war to pay for is foolish, counterproductive, and likely not to have its ultimate desired effect. The best way to stimulate the economy any time is to cut real taxes–income, fuel, etc.–thereby allowing people to keep what they earn and use that money how they choose all of the time.
Second, I have what some consider a radical view that people who do not pay taxes should not be able to vote. This view is based on my belief that people who do not have to pay for what the government does have no vested interest in what the government is doing.
Those things being disclosed, I will concede the voting issue as being theoretical and untenable, but how in the world can anyone believe that it is fair to give some of the taxpayers’ money to people who have not paid anything? From my point of view, it seems like 35 million hard working, taxpaying Americans just got ripped off by the government to the tune of $300 apiece.
Hence the reason that this whole “economic stimulus package” is a sham, at least as it applies to individuals. If the government is just handing out money, then let’s call it that. The moment we cash that check, we’re all now beneficiates of government welfare.
If President Bush and Congress really want to impress me right now, make the tax cuts bigger and permanent. I know I can stimulate the economy with that money.