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  •  I agree with the theory (3+ / 0-)
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    Sherri in TX, lockewasright, SBoswell

    but disagree on the outcome.  A $520 check would have been pretty convincing evidence of a tax cut.  $10 a week is barely noticeable by most people.  From a PR standpoint a check would have been better.  
    In addition, there were errors made in with-holding tables that wiped out some married couples tax savings.  (Don't ask me the specifics--I'm not an accountant).  We ended up owing a small amount, even though our tax bill had shrunk due to the with-holding table mistake.  So, yeah, I see why some people may think they didn't get a break or even thought their taxes went up.  The tea-baggers are idiots, no doubt, but the execution and optics on this one could have been better.

    "I shall never surrender or retreat." --Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis

    by badger1968 on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 04:59:37 PM PDT

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    •  Sure the optics could have been better. It's one (3+ / 0-)
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      of my biggest frustrations with our party.  We suck at messaging and have zero zero message discipline outside of Howard Dean and Grayson.

      Still, there is the risk that people would squirrel away $520 dollars or at least some of it which would diminish the stimulative capacity of the overall tax break.

      Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin' spinnin' free. It's dizzy with possibility.

      by lockewasright on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 05:03:43 PM PDT

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    •  or 2- $250 checks-one every 6 months (1+ / 0-)
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      would have made a bigger political statement. 2 times to remind people that they got a refund, and it was Obama and the democrats who gave it to them.

      Possibly a bigger jolt to the local economy, as people would have the money to buy a larger item-tv, washing machine, etc., because they probably won't/can't save the $10, so they probably don't have anything to show for it.

      $10 just gets piddled away, unfortunately.

      Hopefully, if they do a second stimulus, they will keep this in mind.

      Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

      by Sherri in TX on Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 05:22:22 PM PDT

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