REGISTER VIEWPOINT: President Bush's valentine to you

The check is in the mail, or it soon will be. Will you use it to buy something you've always wanted, or will you use it to pa
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The check is in the mail, or it soon will be.

Will you use it to buy something you've always wanted, or will you use it to pay a bill that needs to be paid?

And wouldn't it be nice to have had that money all along?

That check, once you get it, will certainly look nice. The $600 -- or is it $500 by now? -- will seem like a lot of money when you get it all at once. Half of a wide-screen TV, a laptop computer -- or maybe most of a month's rent, or a house payment.

Looks as though we'll be getting it, too, now that President Bush has signed the political football.

Thing is, it's already your money. You're just getting it back.

So why, you might reasonably ask, didn't the government just let you keep it in the first place?

That's the idea behind rebates, though, isn't it? The government got to use your money for a little while before giving it back -- and, as with all rebates, certain conditions apply, so not everyone gets their money back.

And if you get it in a big lump, the temptation is there to blow it, thereby priming the pump of an economic engine already sputtering, partly because of people spending what they didn't have for things they didn't need.

And President Bush gets to buy your love, if not for himself, then for whomever the Republicans manage to put up against Hillerack (we just made that name up).

And because the government still has things on which it wants to spend the same money it's giving back to you (or things on which we want or need the government to spend the money, much as we don't want to admit it), it means someone down the line gets the bill.

Don't you wish your credit card worked that way?