[Hpn] Hush, everybody, the tax cut is coming;Ellen Goodman Column;Boston Globe;6/21/01

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Fri, 22 Jun 2001 13:51:51 -0400


Excerpts of "special interest" from the below forwarded column by Ellen 
Goodman:

[ ... ]

It's time to put your money where your mouth is. You didn't want it; give it 
away. You don't like the budget; make your own.

''This is like a giant social experiment,'' says Richard Thau, president of 
Third Millennium, an advocacy group for young adults. ''If you send 
unexpected money to tens of millions of households, what percentages of 
those households will give all or part of the rebate to charity?''

Thau is going to donate his own rebate to a program for homeless women. But 
his group has set up DonateRebate.org, a site that leads to Helping.org, 
which lists 700,000 nonprofit groups. Many help the people that are hurt the 
most.

Tony Adams, a Houston Web site developer and a political ''in-activist,'' 
goes a step further. The 35-year-old Adams, engaged to a woman who ''pledged 
her rebate to shoes,'' didn't even vote in the last election. But he was so 
infuriated when Bush reinstituted the global gag rule against international 
family planning groups, he pledged his rebate to ''help counteract Bush's 
actions.''

His new Web site, TaxRebatePledge.org, has already attracted more than 300 
people who promised more than $100,000 to groups that oppose the 
administration on such things as international family planning, the 
environment, and civil rights.

[ ... ]

---End of forwarded excerpts---

Read on and, for those getting such rebates, do whatever your guts, heart, 
spirit or conscience moves you to. Following the forward column are Web 
links for the Web sites mentioned.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001
Boston Globe <http://www.boston.com/globe>
[Massachusetts]
Editorials/Opinions section
Hush, everybody, the tax cut is coming
<http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/172/oped/Hush_everybody_the_tax_cut_is_coming+.shtml>


By Ellen Goodman, Globe Staff, 6/21/2001

OK, SO YOU were an opponent of the tax cut. You called the president's ''tax 
relief'' a four-letter word: S-C-A-M. You ranted about how the $1.3 trillion 
cut would benefit the rich at the expense of the rest.

When you heard about the $300 rebate, you sneered, ''Oh goody, I'm rich.'' 
You figured that could pay for one month of your mom's prescription drugs or 
buy three sets of silver-plated place card holders from Saks Fifth Avenue. 
And when you discovered that 35 million low-income workers - those who need 
it the most - would get no rebate at all, you just about went apoplectic.

Well, guess what, pal: You're gonna get the money anyway. They don't just 
give the rebate to people who agree with the policy. You're one of the 91 
million Americans who are going to be getting a big fat collective $38 
billion.

Soon you'll get a letter announcing this with a fanfare: ''We are pleased to 
inform you that the United States Congress passed - and President George W. 
Bush signed into law - the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act 
of 2001, which provides long-term tax relief for all Americans who pay 
income taxes.''

This will read like a rouse from Publishers Clearing House or a fund-raiser 
from the Republican National Committee, but it's from the IRS, and the 
message is simple: Here comes Santa.

The letter says something else: ''You will be receiving a check. You need to 
take no additional steps.'' But there, dear IRS, I beg to differ. You do 
need to take additional steps. You need to figure out what you'll do with 
your 300 ill-gained bucks.

I know. Many folks regard the rebates as their money wrenched back from the 
thieves in Washington. Many regard it as found money, picked up on the 
sidewalk of a forgetful administration. Some regard it as house money in the 
big gamble of the Bush budget.

But you have a suspicion that it's also hush money designed to create silent 
accomplices.

It's time to put your money where your mouth is. You didn't want it; give it 
away. You don't like the budget; make your own.

''This is like a giant social experiment,'' says Richard Thau, president of 
Third Millennium, an advocacy group for young adults. ''If you send 
unexpected money to tens of millions of households, what percentages of 
those households will give all or part of the rebate to charity?''

Thau is going to donate his own rebate to a program for homeless women. But 
his group has set up DonateRebate.org, a site that leads to Helping.org, 
which lists 700,000 nonprofit groups. Many help the people that are hurt the 
most.

Tony Adams, a Houston Web site developer and a political ''in-activist,'' 
goes a step further. The 35-year-old Adams, engaged to a woman who ''pledged 
her rebate to shoes,'' didn't even vote in the last election. But he was so 
infuriated when Bush reinstituted the global gag rule against international 
family planning groups, he pledged his rebate to ''help counteract Bush's 
actions.''

His new Web site, TaxRebatePledge.org, has already attracted more than 300 
people who promised more than $100,000 to groups that oppose the 
administration on such things as international family planning, the 
environment, and civil rights. ''People think I'm some kind of a liberal 
wacko,'' says Adams. ''If your country is a car and about to veer off the 
road to the right, you got to jerk it pretty hard to the left to get it back 
onto the center.''

Now I know that despite all your ranting, it's easiest to cash the check. 
You could pay down the credit cards or invest both checks at 8 percent and 
have $6,500 in 2031. Heck, no one-time rebate is going to create an 
alternative budget or an alternative politics. Your whole point is that 
individuals can't replace every function of a government. And you can't send 
it back to the government, or they'll use it for some missile fantasy.

But you've got a month or more to turn this rebate scam into a discussion 
about how to make a difference, where to begin and what's most important. 
You can be a $300-a-person philanthropist, a $600-a-couple social change 
agent.

And while you're putting your money where your mouth is, why let the tax-cut 
supporters off the hook? Didn't they tell us that private folks use the 
money more wisely than Washington?

When George W. signed this tax cut, he said, ''This bill is more than just 
tax relief. This bill reflects a philosophy that says we trust the American 
people more than we trust government.''

Now there's $38 billion coming our way. Sometimes hush money can make a very 
loud statement.


Ellen Goodman's e-mail address is ellengoodman@globe.com.


This story ran on page 15 of the Boston Globe on 6/21/2001.

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~~~Related Web sites:

DonateRebate.org:

http://donaterebate.org/

-- Helping you donate the the tax rebate to charity!


TaxRebatePledge.org:

http://taxrebatepledge.org/

-- Fund the Fight Against Busg and His Agenda

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Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA


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