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Bloviating Zeppelin: The REAL Truth

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The REAL Truth

Remember President Bush's fabulous "economic stimulus" package?

Well, the TRUTH comes home to roost. The following correspondence from the IRS was mailed and received at my home, which I have completely retyped for your examination and consideration. Please note; the various emphasized aspects are of my doing:


Dear Taxpayer:

We are pleased to inform you that the United States Congres passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, which provides for economic stimulus payments to be madeto over 130 million American households. Under this new law, you may be entitled to a payment of up to $600 ($1200 if filing a joint return), plus additional amounts for each qualifying child.

We are sending this notice to let you know that based on this new law the IRS will begin sending the one-time payments starting in May. To receive a payment in 2008, individuals who qualify will not have to do anything more than file a 2007 tax return. The IRS will determine eligibility, figure the amount, and send the payment. This payment should not be confused with any 2007 income tax refund that is owed to you by the federal government. Income tax refunds for 2007 will be made separately from this one-time payment.

For individuals who normally do not have to file a tax return, the new law provides for payments to individuals who have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security benefits, and/or certain veterans' payments. Those individuals should file a tax return for 2007 to receive a payment in 2008.

Individuals who qualify may receive as much as $600 ($1,200 if married filing jointly). Even if you pay no income tax but have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security benefits, and/or certain veterans' payments, you may receive a payment of $300 ($600 if married filing jointly).

In addition, individuals eligible for payments may also receive an additional amount of $300 for each child qualifying for the child tax credit.

For taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) of more than $75,000 (or more than $150,000 if married filing jointly), the payment will be reduced or phased out completely.

To qualify for the payment, an individual, spouse and any qualifying child must have a valid Social Security number. In addition, individuals cannot receive a payment if they can be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer or they filed a 2007 Form 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, 1040-PR, or 1040-SS.

All individuals receiving payments will receive a notice and additional information shortly before the payment is made. In the meantime, for additional information, please visit the IRS website at

Please read that second red-emphasized paragraph. That means the wife and I will receive nothing from the government, though we pay the greatest amount of taxes. I guess we're simply considered, by the government, to be simply too filthy rich in Fornicalia, there being a huge difference between gross and net. It was a poor idea, poorly executed. But it lets me know precisely what it is that my federal government thinks about me:

At first I wrote in response for this post: "I guess I should just take a big cup of Shut The Fuck Up and bend over for my monthly piece of white-hot governmental rebar shoved up my ass. 'Thank you sir, can I have another?' " However, after a few days' consideration I've simply decided to write: "The Revolution, Dear Government, is actually beginning to achieve form. I would highly recommend you tread a bit more daintily in the next 10 years should you decide to more deeply exploit the fount of your largesse."



Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Remember this is why the founders wanted everyone to pay *equally* to the government and not 'fairly': the States do that much better than the Federal level.

That is why the FAIR Tax folks have to realize that putting in any sort of 'fair' tax while the government has the power via Amendment to do as they please otherwise, means that the FAIR Tax will just be *another* tax that government can get. I will not support them until they put the repeal of Amend. XVI up as their FIRST action... then we can see if the FAIR Tax is constitutional. I suggest they check out some old SCOTUS rulings on when this was tried previous to Amend. XVI.

To hell with 'proportionate' and 'graduated' and 'fair' taxation. Giving Congress the power for levying income tax was *only* supposed to go against the top 5% of America. That was how it was sold.

Notice what happened to it?

Get rid of that *power* first if you are serious about 'fair' taxation. Back to what the founders intended because they knew the evil of direct taxation and how it would warp government. We have been most unwise in the 20th century. Now we must find out if we can learn some humility and admit those errors.

Mon Mar 24, 10:04:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

If you look at the calc sheet if you pay more than $3000 in taxes you are stuck with the $300. If you pay less THEN you can get the $600. That really makes sense to give more money to the people who can LEAST afford to go a "frivolusly" spend the money to help the economy. If they really wanted to help the economy they would have given more to the people who can spend it on "non-essential" items.

Mon Mar 24, 10:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

Unfortunately people seem to have convinced themselves that it is the governments job to redistribute wealth. Those who don't go with the program don't get elected. Wealth redistribution through taxation is nothing more than buy votes with other peoples' money. Sadly there is no way to win an election today without doing it.

Mon Mar 24, 06:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

BZ, I didn't stop to think about the fact that in your neck of the woods making over $150K jointly isn't really considered 'rich' as opposed to making that much in my neck of the woods. The cost of living is a lot higher in California than it is in Kansas or Missouri. To assume that if a couple makes over $150k or a single makes over $75 K is rich is totally outrageous and socialistic in my opinion. In some parts of the country that is a great income, and in other parts it isn't. BESIDES THAT the basic premise that people who make $90K and above ARE the ones who pay more taxes yet THEIR money is going to those who haven't put in nearly as much. It is unjust, but so is our government as it is run by men, but that really brings home the point that national health care can't even be an option.

Wed Mar 26, 11:08:00 AM PDT  

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