The stimulus package would be more stimulating with a "designated" voucher system . It would be one way to stimulate the economy and allay fears that the stimulus money received would be banked (or used to pay off credit cards) rather than transfuse dollars into the ailing economy. All Americans would share in participation and control as recipients. Note: This should not be a total replacement for tax credits, but rather to be used in concert with tax credits and other “productive” stimulus measures. With regard to accountability, it would provide an easier paper trail to follow since no cash money is being doled out (or rerouted) via a third party business or organization. The government giveth…and as it is spent…"deducteth" away. I liken it to gift card usage...except it can only be utilized for items deemed to stimulate the economy. This would include any item or service of measurable outcome. An Ombudsman's Department would have to be established to investigate any complaints, divulge findings, and assist in prompt settlements. Well, that's my thought for the day. Kick the tires, walk around it, and ponder if you'd like to see the government give her a spin.
Note: Only swine would dine on pork presented in the stimulus package. Let's hope they choke on it!
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 01-28-09