As naked a political move as the "economic stimulus" was, I still found it weird that it actually said that on the check itself. As much as it comes off as the desperate move of an unpopular president and Congress, it's just plain bossy as well. As if it's a passive-aggressive directive. Are they going to take it away if you fail to stimulate the economy?
(Actually, if I'm not mistaken, this will be counted as taxable income next April. So the answer to that rhetorical question is yes. Heh.)
I think I'll adopt this approach next time I write out a rent check. On the memo line, I'll write, "2008 Landlord Stimulus Payment, part 8." Gives it a patriotic edge, no?
My stimulus check, dated July 4th (yay America), arrived simultaneously with a notice saying I would get it soon. As incompetent as the Bush administration has been, you'd think the one thing they could get right is delivering the "Ain't we great?" notices on time. It's not as if they haven't had lots of practice with these.
And, as if to prove multiple points about the current states of education and government bureaucracy, my check not only had an incomplete address and the wrong ZIP code, but also had "Springfield" spelled wrong (Sringfield). Perhaps it's a testament to how badly God wanted George W. Bush to give out stimulus money that I got this check at all.
Oh, well. At least the cash showed up in my account, which is all that matters. Such a fitting metaphor for our government today.