Better use of tax refunds

Spurred on by my friend Tom’s post on the insanity of war, I felt I needed to express my opinion on how Congress decides to spend our money.  Apart from all the ridiculous things we’ve heard in the past, I’m thinking about how Congress approves spending money on war.  This is about mindset, not politics so I’m not going to debate causes. But it seems Congress has no problem approving billions of dollars that we don’t have or miraculously pulled out of our governmental butt to finance a war. Can you imagine what would  happen if a president asked for a trillion dollars to pour into education? Training unskilled workers or workers whose jobs have left the country? Feeding the hungry? Housing the homeless? He or she would be laughed out of town. In general, I’m not a fan of excess government intervention and I’m not smart enough to figure out how that would all work. I’d rather the money go to people who know how to use it. Like a single mom. Single moms should head every budget area of the government. There’d be a surplus.

Anyway. So what would have been a better use of the “economic stimulus”? Perhaps it should have been given with the stipulation that you had to use it for the benefit of someone else a la Oprah’s Big Give or a reverse offering like Elevation Church did in October ’07.

What if the government gave us that money and inspired us to stimulate someone else’s life? Would you do it? Would you consider a retailer to be someone else? Or would you look for a way to change a life where they could in turn pass along a blessing down the road? To me that would have been a much better way to stimulate the economy long term. Wish I’d thought of it sooner.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by davisoftheapes1 on June 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I bought 2 Glock semi-automatic handguns and a 12 gauge shotgun with mine.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Joni on June 25, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    There’s another idea too.

    Reply

  3. We buried ours in the backyard…literally. We had to have all our septic lines replaced and it took every penny and then some. Ugh.

    Reply

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