Politics Re: Dept. of Stimulation
posted by January 24 at 10:55 AMon
So Bush is giving us all tax rebates. Hoo-fucking-ray. What bugs me about this “economic stimulus” plan—beyond the fact that it’s of dubious worth (liberal and conservative experts agree that the rebates come too late and that people usually sock them away instead of spending them)—is that it rewards married people with multiple kids—particularly high-income married couples in which the mom stays at home. The rebates will amount to $600 for struggling single workers like me—and $2,400 for a couple in which the man makes $150,000 and the woman stays at home with four kids. Given that we need to stop having so goddamn many kids if we’re going to salvage the planet (and given that married people get all kinds of breaks—breaks that aren’t available to single people, unmarried hetero couples, or gay couples), why are we still paying people to get married and have children?
Footnote 1: The Democrats agreed to drop expansion of the federal food stamp and unemployment insurance programs in exchange for small rebates ($300) for people too poor to pay federal income taxes—those making around $20,000 for a family of four. As usual, Bush’s plan fucks people at the bottom of the income ladder and those without jobs—and, as usual, the Democrats are going right along with it.
Footnote 2: Obama’s economic stimulus plan relies heavily on similar tax rebates.