From May through July, most US taxpayers will be receiving $300-600 as part of an “economic stimulus package” passed by the Federal government earlier this year. The basic idea is that by spending that money on consumer goods, we’ll all pump a little more life back into the national economy, encouraging growth and countering the looming recession.
Back in the days of another great empire, Juvenal wrote that Rome was in decline because the people could be bought off with the promises of, “bread and circuses.” Over the past quarter century, the United States government has abdicated its responsibilities to its people by slashing public housing and income assistance, and reallocating necessary service funds to frivolous wars and corporate welfare. Now, as the past couple decades of economic policy are failing, the government is trying to buy the public off with a little bit of bread, while Fox and Clear Channel manage the corporatocracy’s circuses.
You could register your protest by, say, investing your stimulus check in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, but we at the Street Sheet propose a perhaps more productive means of protest: Invest in us.
Your economic stimulus check—or part of it—can help us to create a voice for more humane governmental economic and social service policies. Donations may be sent to:
Street Sheet Economic Stimulus Package
c/o Coalition on Homelessness
468 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
or you can donate on-line here.
Juvenal also wrote, “Honesty is praised and starves.” Your donation can cut a little edge off that starvation.