Thursday

My Tax Money Put to Good Use

I love it when I can see, first-hand, my tax money being put to good use. I mean nothing says "good use of money" like sending out a useless letter to inform someone that they'll be getting something in a week.

Useless Census Letter Waste of Tax Payer Money Thoughts of THAT MomSeriously? You're sending me a letter to tell me that in one week I'll be getting something? Really? Imagine if companies operated that way. On the 1st of every month, they'd send out a letter to inform my husband that he'll get paid on the 15th. No company would do that! They'd see that as a complete & total waste of money.

I've got it! The US government was trying to single-handedly revive the United States Postal Service. Forget mailing something ONCE to every household in America! We'll mail TWO things!

I remember the same thing happening a couple of years ago when the government was sending us money that our great great grandchildren will be repaying. They sent a letter to inform us that our check would be coming in a month.

Again. Really? Is someone bored? Wanted to stuff envelopes? Just had too much taxpayer money laying around?

And one more time: Seriously?

17 comments:

Luke said...

[laughing] Seriously.

~Luke

Kim Van Klompenberg said...

I had those very same thoughts! I told Elisabeth that our money was keeping the USPS in business :)
Honestly, that is not a smart business decision to mail EVERYONE IN AMERICA a useless letter.
On the other hand, look at how many jobs were "created" or saved in the process of wasting our money.

Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

Thanks, Luke! He fits well. :-)

Kim: So true. Many jobs were utilized for those letters...but at what expense? Who loses in the long run? The taxpayers do.

Becky Baker said...

Morning Amy... that dang government is at it once again!! thanks for the update on senseless spending in our government.

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Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

That's what I'm here for, Becky. :-)

Andrea Theriot said...

I said the exact same thing to Stephen! You know they will send a letter to the people who don't send it back.. do we really need notification that a questionaire is coming?

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Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

Just another senseless waste of money, Andrea!

Tiara Sweeney said...

Wanna place odds thy we get a reminder letter after the "package" arrives so we don't forget to send it back?

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Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

Sadly, Tiara, I have no doubt they will!

Becky Baker said...

LOL sounds about right I say!!

Jay Paterson said...

It's always wonderful to see our tax dollars hard at work! Seriously .....

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Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

Isn't it, though, Jay?

Joshua Neel said...

Perhaps the letter will get more of the lazier flakier people to respond to the census? Maybe the money wasted is more then made back as a benefit of a more accurate census? But, I agree, it was pretty silly.

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Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

Perhaps there was some minor benefit in the overall response rate. I'd bet, though, that those who might have benefited from such a letter won't even open the letter in the first place...let alone complete the census AND mail it back!

Lyndsay Moehrman said...

LOL I got that too and had much the same thought!

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Amy @ Thoughts of THAT Mom said...

Great minds think alike, Lindsay!

Tiara Sweeney said...

If I don't send back thier questions .... They will pay 2 people to come to my home at $10 an hour each to condisendingly ask me more questions than were on the origional letter... I believe I know one person who has had a census person in thier home only took 3 hours... Why do we pay this much? Assumably because that's what the going rate for ... See More having someone who can read and count come to you to fill something out that you could have done yourself... Oh what a ton of sense we have here... I wonder how the other countries count their inhabitants? Oh ya they count the checks they send out!

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