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  •  Several hundred bucks in the hands of those (0+ / 0-)

    many many families who most likely spend it improves the economy of China, not the United States.

    We're just spending it on a couple trips to Walmart, or paying down credit cards anyway.  The money would better serve our economy by improving our schools or building better infrastructure or really bailing out Main Street or really helping stem foreclosures or (yes, I'll dare say the 'R' word) redistributing it to the unemployed and poor.  

    •  I don't shop at Walmart. Ever. (0+ / 0-)

      Most recently, I have shopped here

      But that's a whole different topic, isn't it? If a middle-class wager earner were in the market for a new car in 2011, we can only hope s/he would shop American, new or used. We can't force it tho. Without that extra income however, a new/used car purchase will probably be tabled.

      I know people with kids who have enough difficulty just trying to provide their kids with nutritious meals. They say that food stamps bring the best return for the money. I would have to guess that grocery purchases would follow. Unfortunately fresh produce has become an extravagance for all too many families.

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 03:04:13 PM PST

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      •  Not really how it works. (0+ / 0-)

        You have fallen into their lie.  That's simply not how micro-economic decisions are made.  And even if it is, that's a tiny portion of people.  I'd much rather the government have a chunk of change to create programs that directly help people than hoping for the 'magic hand' to spur people who probably shouldn't be buying new cars into buying new cars and saving us all.

        Putting a few hundred bucks into the hands of someone who can't afford nutritious meals isn't going to put them over the cusp of suddenly being able to afford nutritious meals.  And as an aside, tell your friends who can't afford nutritious meals that they really can't afford to NOT feed their kids nutritious meals.  Fresh food generally tends to be cheaper than packaged, less nutritious food.  

        Yes, where you shop is a different topic.  However, what is not a different topic is the fact that a  huge number of the people I think should receive a minor tax increase do in fact spend a large percentage of their expendable retail dollars at Walmart on crap made in China.

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