by Bryan Allain
So the gov'ment is handing out money in an attempt to stimulate the economy - or are they trying to stimulate our voting preferences?? don't ask me - and the money starts raining down this week.
I know this for a fact because yesterday when i logged in to my online Wachovia account, there it was. One thousand, eight hundred dollars. Thank you Uncle Sam! (My Social Security number ends in 09, and i filed direct deposit, which is why i already gots me my money). Apparently I got $600 for being alive, $600 for staying married to my wife (truth be told, i'd PAY money for that privilege), and $300 for each of my two lovely kids. Not a bad deal.
So what did I do with it? Book a flight to Bermuda? Get me a new set of Ping Irons? Walk out of Circuit City with a 56" plasma? Nope. I immediately transferred it into savings. Erica and I are fortunate enough to be living without a car payment right now, so I am trying to be proactive and save up for another one in case either of our vehicles gives up the ghost. I hope that's okay with Congress.
What about you, burnside reader? Have plans for your refund check? Thinking about using it to stimulate the economy like a good little boy or girl? Planning on burning it in protest to our government? Looking for a good cause to give it all away to?
Side note: How many pastors over the next few weeks are going to be highlighting the notion of tithing, while casually dropping references to the stimulus checks? If you consistently give to your church, will you be giving of your stimulus check also?