I am going to try to maintain my cool and not to let this turn into a caterwauling fit, but I have to at least mention the fact that yesterday we received letters from the IRS informing us that soon we will receive a rebate check in some amount ranging from $300 to $1200. Apparently everyone in America, or at least everyone who filed a tax return in 2006, received one of these letters. The IRS is not giving us the option of accepting or rejecting the rebate, nor it it giving us the opportunity to argue about the amount we will receive. The letters merely inform us that at some indeterminate time in the future we will receive a check in some indeterminate amount from the IRS.
The cost of sending out the letters? $42 million.
I'd like to know what committee made that decision. They should all be fired. Oops! I forgot. It's really hard to fire a federal civil service employee.... no matter what money-wasting, time-frittering, bone-headed decision the person has come up with.