We Want to Help You Stimulate US

“Enclosed is an important message from the IRS on the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. Do Not Throw Away!”

That’s a quote from the back of the envelope from the United States Treasury. A paraphrase of the inside text: we consider you below the poverty line, you have zero adjusted income last year, and still had to pay $180 tax, so we’re throwing you a bone. We deposited $300 in your account 6 days ago. Please spend it all in one place, we think it will stimulate the economy. Not as much as all those rich people who we gave tax breaks will stimulate the economy …

$300 in a $13,794,000,000,000 GDP: I would do the math, but my calculator has an overflow error when I try to figure the percentage.