Today’s English Lesson

From today’s AP story, “Congress Unveils Economic Stimulus Deal“:

Individuals who pay income taxes would get up to $600, working couples $1,200 and those with children an additional $300 per child under the agreement. Workers who make at least $3,000 but don’t pay taxes would get $300 rebates. [Ed. – Emphasis mine.]

From the Dictionary.com definition of “rebate“:

-noun
1. a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.

For the record, I pay taxes and would rather the Federal government keep my dollars than hand them out like party favors. Ideally they’d take less to begin with, and spend less on pork and entitlement programs, but let’s not go too wild here.

With any luck the Senate will do nothing to stimulate the economy, instead of this $150 billion something. Sad that “nothing” is usually the best we can hope for from the Senate.

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