Just heard the damnedest thing on CNN. Talking about how people are going to spend their government's rebate checks, they interviewed several grandmothers who said they would spend it on the grand children; more toys and stuff for the kids. Another said she would buy more gas and be able to travel more.
Then the CNN economist or business analyst "expert" warned: If you buys toys and clothing for the grandkids, or use it to buy more gas for your gas guzzler, you will only stimulate the economies of China and Asia when buying toys, or the middle east who export oil to us.
So in order to make certain your rebates do the most to save the U.S. economy from collapse, check the tags on the grandkids toys and clothes to see where they're made. And before filling your tank, ask the 7-11 clerk whether their gas is refined oil from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, or is it local oil from Bakersfield or Midland/Odessa?
This will help make sure your rebate will go its absolute farthest to save the nation from a depression. But after spending your rebate, if still feeling financially pinched, maybe you could become an economist for CNN?!