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$600. That's Funny.

Dear Washington,

Thank you so very much for the possible $600.00 in attempts to stimulate me to buy. Although the reason I owe so much money now is that I’ve an internal shop stimulus already, the thought is nice. You may want to know, however, that it’s hard to decide what to do with it. It’s a gift card to a really, really big store. Maybe all of us here in Shorewood who qualify for the money should go out to dinner and lift a glass to our too rich neighbors who didn‘t qualify. Or…we could pool our money and hire back some of the support people the schools have lost to budget cuts. We could get back full time librarians in our elementary schools so children can actually learn how to use them. How about an art teacher at one school instead of having to go back and forth between two rooms, two schools, two staffs and two groups of over 600 kids? We can pool our $600 or $1200 and get social workers in the schools or how about full time psychologists? You know, we have full time needs. Or even better, we could get a restaurant or pro shop built over at the high school for the tens of thousands of people who will be attending the games once the field and bleachers and domed.

Maybe I should think smaller and take care of my own problems. Maybe I should make a payment on my roof, car, or credit card bill. I’m starting to realize how hard some people have it. Trying to decide how to spend money isn’t as easy as one might think. I’d like to help you by spending this money, Mr. Bush, but I can’t go buy stuff and look my lenders in the eyes. If I use this money for myself, it will have to be for the interest on the debt I’ve piled up. Needing to be stimulated to spend beyond my means hasn’t really been a struggle. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but unless you’re going to give me $600 every month, don’t tease.

Most Sincerely,

Those Making Under $75,000

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