Thank You For Your Stimulating Gift

Joe Biden And The Checks

Joe Biden and The Checks sing their #1 hit “Pay Me My Money Down”

 

Thank you Mr. Biden for the gift of the stimulus checks we received recently. It was very kind of you and the Democrats in congress to think of us in this time of need for the entire country.

Just as my parents taught me to always write a thank you note, they also taught me never to speak ill of the dead so I’ll forgo saying anything about congressional Republicans.

The wife (Cruella) and I are in the fortunate position of having been able to weather, so far, the COVID storm financially solvent. We don’t need to use our $2800 to pay past due bills or rent or mortgage or put food on the table as I know many others must. On their behalf I thank you for that small lifeline as well as the extension of unemployment benefits and supplemental aid.

As for us we intend to use that money to do what it’s name implies, stimulate the economy.

Our local economy.

We could go out and buy something big and fancy. Frankly our refrigerator and dishwasher are both on the edge of extinction but they still work and should they stop working we have the space on our credit cards to go out and make an emergency purchase.

The idea of just going on a mad shopping spree and buying “stuff” isn’t very appealing. We have reached the age that makes us think before every purchase “will our kids have to get rid of that when we’re gone?” and in any case the reality is that COVID has made it more difficult to buy truly local. By that I mean just because you bought something at the local Target or Wal-Mart doesn’t mean you bought local. Shopping at the local outlet of those companies doesn’t keep them in business, it just adds to the pockets of the Walton or Dayton Families.

Don’t even get me started on Amazon.

With restaurants beginning to open back up for indoor dining the idea of eating out every night was bandied about, but we’re still a little leery about being in small enclosed spaces with people we don’t know. Besides we both like to cook. Going out to eat every night would be like cheating on our kitchen, a momentary pleasure offset by feelings of guilt every time we put pan to stove.

We’d love to use it to travel, but, well, you know.

Then we had the perfect solution sweep into our laps. A friend told us about a woman he knew who, having lost her job when one of the local wineries had to close their tasting room, had started her own housecleaning business.

  • We get a clean house, she gets the money.
  • We support a new local business, she gets the money.
  • We don’t add to a pile of “stuff” we don’t really need, she gets the money.
  • We stimulate the local economy, she gets to be stimulated.

That last one didn’t come out right but you get the idea.

$2800 will buy us a year’s worth of housecleaning, three hours once every two weeks. Our hiring her will potentially get our neighbors to hire her. They can tell their friends. Pretty soon she can build a business that will purchase supplies, hire others, pay taxes, help send her kids to college, you know, all those things that contribute to what we call the American Dream. That’s what I call stimulating the economy, exactly what your checks were intended to do.

I hope others who are in similar situations to ours will do the same.

If they chose to buy something, I hope they will try and buy it from a local company. Need a new refrigerator? Go to the local appliance store, not the local Best Buy. Want something new to hang on the wall? Support a local artist. Even if they do use the money simply for food, going to the local market will be a better use of the money then forking over to Costco or Wal-Mart. The reality is that local merchants and service providers can’t just issue more stock or take on a higher debt to survive this crisis, their debt is already up to their nostrils. They need butts walking through the door, ie,  the local community to survive.

My economics professor in college put it best. “Remember, when you buy from them, they can afford to buy from the guy across the street, who can then afford to buy from the guy across town, who then buys from your company and you get to keep your job”.

Besides, everybody ought to have a maid.

I was going to use the Nathan Lane Broadway version, but how could I resist Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, and Jack Gilford. Bialystock, Bilko, and Cracker Jack. 

Shapiro Out

8 thoughts on “Thank You For Your Stimulating Gift

  1. cassandraisright says:

    we’ve done something similar in that we asked our (local, family-run business) cleaners not to come since last March, but we’ve been using our stimulus money to pay them anyway every 2 weeks. I’m psyched that we will all be fully vaccinated in a few weeks so they can resume their wondrous deeds.

    • shapiroout says:

      They are indeed wondrous deeds. In the past when we’ve had cleaning services, walking into the house on the days they would come was like walking into another world. Especially when our boys were young.

      • CassandraIsRight says:

        my favorite is Fridays when i come home to a freshly cleaned house and a newly mown lawn!

  2. LarrytheRed says:

    Besides, everybody ought to have a maid.
    I couldn’t agree more. Pay them at least $15/hr. ,

    • shapiroout says:

      By my calculations she will be making $33.00 per hour. Not only is that twice California minimum wage, it is above the calculated necessary income wage. My goal is to try and get her 40 hours of work a week by talking her up to friends and neighbors. But more important, I go with my grandfather’s adage: It’s better to have a business than a job.

  3. MICHAEL D STOREY says:

    I’m so with you on this.

    We’re not rich, but at my age I still work and we’re doin OK. I tip, now, at about 50%. I use services that I usta do myself. I provide a hand where I can. Not a lot, I know, but I sincerely feel that if we all do something, we will get over this quicker.

    In other news, I gotta say that as a tax payer, I am grateful that ‘Biden and the Checks’ are spending my tax dollars in this way. I’m glad that 72,000 college borrowers who were ripped off by their schools will skate on their debt. So I say thank you for these important pieces of executive action. But I don’t thank anybody for the tax dollars. I know whose tax dollars they are.

    Jussayin.

    • shapiroout says:

      Agreed. I’d rather have $1.9 trillion spent this way than on some warfare system that’s out of date the day it finally rolls out.
      Now if we can just get the super wealthy to pay their fare share….

  4. Tommy T says:

    Ours went down with the Heater/central air that died on us and our so-called “home warranty” company weaseled out of replacing. $7 grand plus. At least it went to a local business.

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