In case you hadn't heard, the IRS is going to spend $42 million just to tell American taxpayers that they will be getting a check in the mail in connection with the economic stimulus plan. Seems rather wasteful, if you ask me. Send the check, ok, but not the announcer mailing. Sen. Schumer agrees.
"There are countless better uses for $42 million than a self-congratulatory mailer that gives the president a pat on the back for an idea that wasn't even his," Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday, arguing the IRS could spend the money more effectively to catch tax cheats. Statesman Journal 3-8-08 (cited by Robert MacKenzie, Arnstein & Lehr LLP, in his tax season tax humor emails).