I thought that the "economic stimulus" checks were all bullshit in the first place, because I suspect people who really need it will be paying bills and not buying shit (therefore not stimulating anything), but now I'm just pissed. Tyler linked to a calculator on the IRS site that indicates I don't get dick because I make too much.
So in other words, you can make more money, pay a higher tax rate, and you get nothing back. What a load of crap. Thank you, Congress and Dubya. Thanks for nothing!
I'll be the first to admit that I don't have anything to complain about financially, and that there are more ways for people who make more to manipulate their taxes and pay a lower effective rate. The truth is that I don't have a problem with higher tax rates for people who make more (even though I find it strange that, according to a recent article in Forbes, something like 90% of the federal budget is funded by 10% of the population, though that certainly validates the shrinking middle class). My issue is that if you're going to give breaks, you sure as hell should give breaks to everyone.
Whatever, my bigger issue is that this isn't something the government can afford in the first place.