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George W. is going to give us back some money in May – perhaps as much as $300 or $600 or $1,200. He thinks that this will make up for his failed economic policies.  But isn’t this similar to a giving a band-aid to a child who needs a $30,000 operation?  

George W. is not giving us enough. Maybe he needs to truly pay us what he owes us. Perhaps a letter will explain it to him.  

Dear George,  

I’m afraid that the little that you are giving us just won’t help. You owe us much more than that. Enclosed is my own personal bill for what you owe me. Multiply, please, by 300,000,000 other Americans.   

Since you became President, my husband’s and my health insurance policy has doubled.  We’re paying an extra $400 per month since 2004. As long as you’re giving us money, it seems only fair that you should make up for this amount as well – that’s $400 a month x 48 months = $19,200.  

Gas has gone up by $1.50 a gallon since 2000. Because of you, I’m paying about $30 more per month. It will take at least a year with a new President before some of this will be worked out. But it seems only fair that you reimburse me for at least the last year and until 2010. I’ll accept an extra $1,080 to make up for this cost. 

Groceries have gone up $14% since last year. I expect this will continue for another two years, at least, before things could get straightened out.  Some estimate this comes to an extra $800 per year, and I think it’s only fair to charge you for 3 years – last year, this year, and the year it will take for a Democratic President to, maybe, be able to make some changes. You owe me another $2,400 for this extra cost. 

You’ve been spending pretty heavily on your Wars. Many estimate that it’s costing about $2 billion per week. According to my calculations, I think this comes out to about $6,000 per week for every man, woman, and child in the USA. I didn’t ask you to spend our money in this way, but since you insist, I’d really prefer that you cover the cost yourself, although I know you can’t afford it. But then, you couldn’t afford this war either.   

Because of your failed policies, there’s a whole lot of things I used to do that I can no longer afford to do. My husband and I don’t eat out as much as we used to – which was usually once a week. Our cut-backs are hurting the restaurant and food industry. I’d like to get my old life back. If you give me an extra $200 a month, or $2,400 a year, that will help me, and help the economy.  

We have some repairs that need to be done around the house.  But we can’t afford to do them because my husband and I are self-employed, and our clients are also hurting so they can’t afford to come to us as often.  Because of your policies, we’d need another $2,000 to do the repairs. This extra will also help the building industry.   

We re-financed our home, but there’s an extra $75 a month in mortgage insurance on our new mortgage because the value of our home went down, and therefore we haven’t paid off 80% of our home yet. This will undoubtedly go on for at least another 18 months, so it seems to me that we should be paid for that as well. That’s an extra $1,350.  

So, George, your economic stimulus package just won’t cut it. I need an extra $250,000, at the minimum, in May to get back to where I was. 

And, George, don’t just do it for me. I know a lot of people who make less than I do that are in desperate need. I know some who make about the same I do, that also feel the crunch. Unfortunately, I know that the next President will need some time to turn your heavy Ship of State around and start moving it in the right direction. Am I better off now than I was before you came into office? Absolutely not! Isn’t it fascinating how much damage one person, with a number of yes-saying cohorts, can do?

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