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PhotobucketLeery of that tax rebate last resort that Bush sent out? And right you should be. The Simple Living Network gives us suggestions on how to use that rebate for the good of the world and the country rather than to its detriment.

Wake Up and Smell the Rebate

The United States Government is planning to send out rebate checks in the hope that American citizens will immediately spend the money to stimulate the economy, thus avoiding a recession.

Thanks for the gift Federal Government, but you are missing the point! We do not need to take out a big loan from a foreign lender so that we can go shopping willy-nilly to purchase products we probably do not need that were probably produced in a foreign country. (Whose economy will that stimulate?)

The United States cannot spend its way out of its financial difficulties. We do not need a short-term solution for long-term problems. We need fundamental, far-reaching change to a broken and corrupt system. The following are no longer sustainable:

* consumption as an economic solution,
* deficit spending,
* predatory lending,
* unaffordable health care,
* tax cuts for the wealthy, and
* war over oil and religious ideology.

It is difficult to imagine why anyone would help reinforce the behavior of a broken government or stimulate an out of control economy by purchasing more stuff and junk. It is time for us to do what our government cannot!

Join The NonViolent Protest...
Don't Buy It, Change The Economy, Put Your Rebate To Work!

Here are several ways to use your rebate to make REAL CHANGE . . .

* Pay down high interest credit cards or other debts.

* Put your rebate in a savings account.

* Donate your rebate to those working to end poverty, promote environmental responsibility, peace, justice, or equal rights for all.

* If you must buy something, purchase goods and services that support your local economy or save money, energy and resources in the end:

o Locally grown fruits and vegetables
o Fluorescent light bulbs
o Water heater blankets
o Water saving showerheads
o Insulation (and a local, self-employed contractor to install it)

* Don’t stop: do the same with your 2007 tax refund.

More ideas and direct stuff from the site. Check the link.


( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Feb. 3rd, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Freakin' Amen.

I just sent this out to everyone in my address book. Thanks for sharing.
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