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Date: 07 Feb 2009 17:57:22
From: gtech1
Subject: Stimulus idea
Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
would seem to be an easy way around that.

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Date: 08 Feb 2009 10:25:00
From: bub
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
On Sat, 07 Feb 2009 17:57:22 -0800, "gtech1"
<duanepritchett@comcast.net > wrote:

>Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
>gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
>one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
>used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
>would seem to be an easy way around that.
>
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how much would it cost to make a couple hundred million cards and
create accounts for each one?

i still like the idea of eliminating payroll taxes for a couple
months. instant money in your pocket.
but then the guvment wouldn't be able to get their fucking hands on it
and waste it, so they won't do that.

of course, the best solution would be for the crooks on capital hill
to cut the fucking spending.


  
Date: 08 Feb 2009 09:28:25
From: gtech1
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
Money in your pocket isn't necessarily a stimulus, if you take it from
your pocket and put it in your bank account. That's the point of my gift
card idea. You HAVE to spend it.
On Feb 8 2009 11:25 AM, bub wrote:

> On Sat, 07 Feb 2009 17:57:22 -0800, "gtech1"
> <duanepritchett@comcast.net> wrote:
>
> >Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
> >gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
> >one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
> >used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
> >would seem to be an easy way around that.
> >
> how much would it cost to make a couple hundred million cards and
> create accounts for each one?
>
> i still like the idea of eliminating payroll taxes for a couple
> months. instant money in your pocket.
> but then the guvment wouldn't be able to get their fucking hands on it
> and waste it, so they won't do that.
>
> of course, the best solution would be for the crooks on capital hill
> to cut the fucking spending.

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Date: 07 Feb 2009 21:15:14
From: risky biz
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
On Feb 7 2009 6:57 PM, gtech1 wrote:

> Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
> gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
> one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
> used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
> would seem to be an easy way around that.

It would be a lot more secure to deposit $600 for everyone on Pokerstars.

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Date: 07 Feb 2009 20:07:59
From: RGP Loner
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
On Feb 7 2009 6:57 PM, gtech1 wrote:

> Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
> gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
> one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
> used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
> would seem to be an easy way around that.


This is actually a really good Idea. NH sir. I see problems arise in
theft and fraud if these are sent in the mail. perhaps a way around that
problem could open up some possibilities.

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Date: 08 Feb 2009 03:45:55
From: Beldin the Sorcerer
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea

"gtech1" <duanepritchett@comcast.net > wrote in message
news:2pq166xq0e.ln2@recgroups.com...
> Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
> gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
> one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
> used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
> would seem to be an easy way around that.
>
Gift cards where? Generic Visa/ MC?

I pay cable and telephone with a credit card ever month.




  
Date: 07 Feb 2009 22:37:32
From: Alim Nassor
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
On Feb 7, 11:42=A0pm, "Beldin the Sorcerer" <beldin...@verizon.net >
wrote:
> "brewmaster" <a1...@webnntp.invalid> wrote in message
>
> news:io6266xccg.ln2@recgroups.com...
>
>
>
> > On Feb 7 2009 7:45 PM, Beldin the Sorcerer wrote:
>
> >> "gtech1" <duanepritch...@comcast.net> wrote in message
> >>news:2pq166xq0e.ln2@recgroups.com...
> >> > Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $=
600
> >> > gift card? =A0You HAVE to spend that. =A0I've read in a number of pl=
aces
> >> > that
> >> > one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of
> >> > people
> >> > used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. =A0Gift =
cards
> >> > would seem to be an easy way around that.
>
> >> Gift cards where? Generic Visa/ MC?
>
> >> I pay cable and telephone with a credit card ever month.
>
> > So, according to some idiots, you should be able to deduct the interest
> > you pay on these bills, if in fact you pay interest on them (which you
> > probably don't).
>
> Of course not.
> Amazon gift card points.
>
> Use the card for everything.
>
> Poker books need funding, dammit.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Heck instead of spending 820,000,000,000 on bullshit social and
welfare programs, divvy it up among everyone who actually pays taxes.
I don't know how many of the 300 million Americans actually pay taxes,
I'm guessing half?

Thats about 5500 bucks each, 11000 per couple. THAT would stimulate
some spending.


   
Date: 08 Feb 2009 00:18:07
From: RGP Loner
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
On Feb 7 2009 11:37 PM, Alim Nassor wrote:

> On Feb 7, 11:42 pm, "Beldin the Sorcerer" <beldin...@verizon.net>
> wrote:
> > "brewmaster" <a1...@webnntp.invalid> wrote in message
> >
> > news:io6266xccg.ln2@recgroups.com...
> >
> >
> >
> > > On Feb 7 2009 7:45 PM, Beldin the Sorcerer wrote:
> >
> > >> "gtech1" <duanepritch...@comcast.net> wrote in message
> > >>news:2pq166xq0e.ln2@recgroups.com...
> > >> > Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a
$600
> > >> > gift card?  You HAVE to spend that.  I've read in a number of places
> > >> > that
> > >> > one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of
> > >> > people
> > >> > used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc.  Gift
cards
> > >> > would seem to be an easy way around that.
> >
> > >> Gift cards where? Generic Visa/ MC?
> >
> > >> I pay cable and telephone with a credit card ever month.
> >
> > > So, according to some idiots, you should be able to deduct the interest
> > > you pay on these bills, if in fact you pay interest on them (which you
> > > probably don't).
> >
> > Of course not.
> > Amazon gift card points.
> >
> > Use the card for everything.
> >
> > Poker books need funding, dammit.- Hide quoted text -
> >
> > - Show quoted text -
>
> Heck instead of spending 820,000,000,000 on bullshit social and
> welfare programs, divvy it up among everyone who actually pays taxes.
> I don't know how many of the 300 million Americans actually pay taxes,
> I'm guessing half?
>
> Thats about 5500 bucks each, 11000 per couple. THAT would stimulate
> some spending.



Been proposed by Sen. Thune SD.


Works out out to 15 k per couple.

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Date: 07 Feb 2009 21:21:54
From: brewmaster
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
On Feb 7 2009 7:45 PM, Beldin the Sorcerer wrote:

> "gtech1" <duanepritchett@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:2pq166xq0e.ln2@recgroups.com...
> > Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
> > gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places that
> > one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of people
> > used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
> > would seem to be an easy way around that.
> >
> Gift cards where? Generic Visa/ MC?
>
> I pay cable and telephone with a credit card ever month.

So, according to some idiots, you should be able to deduct the interest
you pay on these bills, if in fact you pay interest on them (which you
probably don't).


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Date: 08 Feb 2009 05:42:40
From: Beldin the Sorcerer
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea

"brewmaster" <a163b@webnntp.invalid > wrote in message
news:io6266xccg.ln2@recgroups.com...
> On Feb 7 2009 7:45 PM, Beldin the Sorcerer wrote:
>
>> "gtech1" <duanepritchett@comcast.net> wrote in message
>> news:2pq166xq0e.ln2@recgroups.com...
>> > Instead of giving $600 tax rebate checks, why not give everybody a $600
>> > gift card? You HAVE to spend that. I've read in a number of places
>> > that
>> > one of the failings of the 2008 stimulus package was that a lot of
>> > people
>> > used the money to pay household bills, put in savings, etc. Gift cards
>> > would seem to be an easy way around that.
>> >
>> Gift cards where? Generic Visa/ MC?
>>
>> I pay cable and telephone with a credit card ever month.
>
> So, according to some idiots, you should be able to deduct the interest
> you pay on these bills, if in fact you pay interest on them (which you
> probably don't).
>
Of course not.
Amazon gift card points.

Use the card for everything.

Poker books need funding, dammit.





 
Date: 07 Feb 2009 18:34:33
From: CheckRazor
Subject: Re: Stimulus idea
That actually kind of makes sense. My question is which company gets
to benefit the most from the gift card bail-out?

Visa? Mastercard? Bestbuy? Should there be some sort of lottery?