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The Obama tax rebate explained

James Surowiecki has a piece in the New Yorker that finally got me to understand why Obama is including a tax rebate in his stimulus package. It’s not the mere pandering to the Republicans that I thought it was. It actually sounds pretty smart.

And while you’re there, you might as well read Atul Gawande’s argument for building our health care system on what we have, rather than sweeping it all away and beginning fresh.

Then finish it all off with the dessert wine of Mariana Cook’s 1996 interview with Barack and Michelle Obama, in which the future president expresses love’s swing of mystery and familiarity. Just in case you weren’t gushy enough about the two of them.

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4 Responses to “The Obama tax rebate explained”

  1. It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong,

    It’s a beautiful phrase.

  2. Before you get all excited by Atul Grawande’s essay, consider what Physicians for National Health Reform have to say about it:

    They support a single payer system, and make a very good case as to why.

  3. If the rebates are to come in the form of reduced withholdings, how many corporations will actually reduce the withholdings of their employee’s in 2009? They already have their estimated tax rates and are withholding that, if the difference isn’t substantial the corporations may elect not to change them and thus delay any rebate until the end of the year.

  4. You can change your witholdings yourself, at any time of the year.

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