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It showed up! :) And was immediately sent to stimulate our savings account. Sorry, Uncle Sam! Think of it has having gone to pay for half of last month's car service.

-The Gneech



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May. 22nd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
But it's your duty as an American to spend that money frivolously. I got Wii Fit.

Edited at 2008-05-22 03:58 am (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I spent ~$10,000 on windows and ~$3500 on car repairs this year already -- surely that's enough! ;P

May. 22nd, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Probably that counts because you already spent the $600. But the government is being rather nasty about it. Not that I think they have that right. If they just give out $600, then they don't really have the right to tell the receiver how to use it.

May. 22nd, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Wow, that site doesn't work with BugMeNot. Care to quote a bit of it or summarize it for those of us who don't like playing the register game?
May. 22nd, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
I am not registered with the Review, and I read it just fine.

May. 22nd, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
Well, it wouldn't let me read it, so my initial request still stands.
May. 22nd, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Alas, no joy here either.

May. 22nd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I am getting challenged for a login also. You might not be because you're already logged in. PLEASE summarize or post a quote from that protected article you linked to.
May. 22nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Tricked the site into giving me the info. I had to search for the story # on the MAIN PAGE. WTF? Anyway, following quote copyrifht spokesmanreview.com, blah blah:


BOISE – Low-income Americans who receive government benefits are getting perhaps a surprising message from the federal government about their economic stimulus checks: Use it or lose it.

With more than 130 million Americans due to receive checks of up to $600 per person and $300 per child, people who are on Medicaid, food stamps or other federal benefit programs will need to be ready to spend.

"Basically, the feds say they won't count it as income the first month, but the payments are meant to stimulate the economy, so if you don't use it in three months, they'll consider it as a resource," said Tom Shanahan, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. "So if you put it in the bank, in three months they're going to just look at it as money in the bank."
May. 22nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Now, I'm not well-versed in financial-journalism-ese, so... does "consider it as a resource" and "look at it as money in the bank" mean "demand it back from you" or "charge you taxes on it" or what?
May. 22nd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
The interpretation I would go with is "you will be charged taxes on it". Which is what they were going to do anyway. The author of the article treats this as "OMG news!!", but I believe this was disclosed already.
May. 22nd, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
I love when the government stimulates me. Oh yeah. *puts on the cheesey 70s porn music*

May. 23rd, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
*mental image*

Just ew.
May. 23rd, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
Would you rather I put on the 60s Kirk Hits On The Hot Green Alien Chick music instead?

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