Tax rebate letter...how stupid!

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
June 3, 2008 11:53am CST
Yesterday we received a letter stating that our rebate check fo $XXXX would be arriving by June 6th. Well we knew that. They told everyone how to find out the approximate date of arrival... So how many millions of dolars did the government waste to print out these letters and pay the postage to send them out? I don't even want to know! Plus think of how much paper waste it caused and extra fuel was burned just to deliver these unnecessary letters. All of us receiving these checks could have gotten even more money if they hadn't sent these stupid notices out! Why does it seem like common sense is completely lacking in some of these government offices?!
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12 responses
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
4 Jun 08
To answer your question, I've said for a long time, having worked for the government for 18 years as a letter carrier, everyone that gets a management position in the U.S. Government has to have their common sense surgically removed before starting the job. Come to think of it, this may also apply in many businesses in the private sector as well. We all do our share of complaining about different ways in which our government wastes money, and rightly so, but if they could only run things more efficiently and use just a tiny bit of common sense they'd save enough to be able to spend more on things that are needed. We had our rebate directly deposited into our account, which I'd heard is what they really like because it saves time and money - yeah, right! - we got a letter in the mail a few days later telling how our rebate was calculated. If you didn't get that yet you will, so there's even more millions of dollars wasted on postage, paper, printing, etc. What a joke! They could probably at least give a free prescription program to every American with all the money they literally throw away. Annie
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jun 08
For some reason that reminded me of the latest Pampers commercial that claims that every package of Pampers people buy will provide on immunization for an under priveledged child...in some other country of course....if our government had not wasted all this money on this set of unnecessary letters, how many immunizations could have been paid for for the kids in this country!?
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
3 Jun 08
The answer is simple. Politics = Stupidity!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Simple but true! Thanks!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Yeah we got one too. The really dumb part was that we recieved it a week after we actually got the money! I have no idea why they even sent it. To waste paper I guess.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jun 08
You probably got your money before they even sent the letter! That's just ridiculous. I know it's a huge amount of mail to deal with but if they had to send out the letters they could have at least made sure letters and money were going out in the right order!
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Yeah, that's a really good point-they probably did spend tons of money just to send out those pieces of paper. I really didn't understand the point of getting that mailing either. It really just told me what I already knew. The worst part for us was that we actually got ours after we had received the money in our account! I don't know if the mail was just slow or something, but talk about a waste! With all the technology now, it was just a lot easier for me to just check our bank account balance online to see when it hit rather than get the official notice through snail mail, lol.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jun 08
They all want to sit back and tell us where we need to cut back, watch our finances, and protect the environment but then look what they do. And here you were trying to do the right thing by going "paperless" but they still wasted more paper and postage anyway.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
3 Jun 08
It did cost them alot to send the letters, then they send you one once you recieve it. It was quite a waste.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jun 08
What is the point of that? If we got our check, I'm pretty sure we're all smart enough to figure that out without needing told be told in another letter....such a huge waste!
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I totally agree Foxfire, it seems like with all the waste they have we could cure alot of the ills in this country. I am always amazed at the huge waste of resources are goverment seems to have no problem using up. When those funds could go to so many worth while things , like health care, human services,jobs, ect.... it really gets my goat as well.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
4 Jun 08
It feels like since they pay for things with our tax money, it seems like free money to them. Wonder how much they'd cut back if we set a strict budget and told them their salaries would be whatever money was left over after all the essentials were paid for!?
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
21 Jun 08
You know, that's a good point. That was really stupid! They could of saved the postage which probably cost a lot of money and gave us all a little tiny bit more. What a waste of money, and to the environment!
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I think that the reason that common sense is lacking in those government offices is because it is in some of them. I have never understood why they so such things either. I wonder how much money the govt could save if only they truly tried.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Our check arrived the next day after we received the rebate letter in the mail - we were wondering the same thing too - dollars down the drain because all I did with that letter was shred it and in the recycle rubbish it went.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
4 Jun 08
While I agree that what they did seems like such a waste, I wonder if it had to do with the debacle that happened a couple of weeks ago with a good number of stimulus checks going to the wrong accounts. Maybe they are letting people know when to expect theirs, and then if they don't get it when they're supposed to, they know something is up and can query further. Not everyone checks the dates online for when there check is due - I didn't.
@aero89 (422)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Yes, we got one too. What an utter waste of time and resources. Not to mention, when you looked at the envelope, you're thinking 'Sweet, it's here,' only to be annoyed with "Dear Taxpayer" You'd think the government knows that MONEY TALKS! Nobody wants to be told again and again that they are getting money, then six months later, get it in writing - wtf?!?! I don't need it in writing, I believed you all along lol - just send the damn check!
@minnie_98214 (10573)
• United States
3 Jun 08
That is too funny. That unfortunatly sounds like our government but then again if they didnt send out the letters im sure there would be some group complaining. It seems to hard to make everyone happy.