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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Proper Use of Bush's Economic-Stimulus Checks

Bush's economic-stimulus checksMy daughter, Becky, has found the perfect way to do her small part to stimulate the U.S. economy in the long run: She's going to use her newly arrived economic-stimulus check to pay for a refresher course and the fee for taking the state LMSW (licensed master social worker) examination.

This will qualify her for a lot more professional jobs than just having a master's degree in social work currently does. Her lack of extra funds to cover the course and exam fees, having to help support herself and her small family by continuing to work full time for the low-paying drugstore chain she's worked for since she was in high school, and having a baby have all gotten in the way of her hunt for her first profession-related job. With money to take care of those fees now available, she faces one less obstacle.

I'm glad she's not doing what Bush intended everyone to do with those checks: go shopping.


Anonymous said...

Good for her!

In the past we've given our "BushCo" checks to charity. This time around we're going to use it to pay down our mortgage. I'm loathe to use what I see as a bribe to buy consumer goods, but that's just me.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Like you, we've given past checks to charity. This year, though, Ed needs dental work that we'd otherwise have to charge to a credit card, so that's where we'll use our check. If there is anything left over, he and I need glasses too.

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